Dynaste proved what a horse he is with a commanding victory in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham this afternoon.
The grey went on to win by two and a quarter lengths after powering clear of closest rival Hidden Cyclone, with Rajdhani Express keeping on for third.
Trainer David Pipe was delighted with the win and said: "It's great, we came here last year as a good thing but finished second to Benefficient. Tom is riding great, you're only as good as the horses you sit on though and it's the same for trainers."
It looked like Dynaste was struggling heading down the back straight as Tom Scudamore was asking for more from his horse.
However, approaching the straight, Andrew McNamara kicked first on Hidden Cyclone taking the lead three fences from home with Rajdhani Express following him through, but Dynaste kept in touch approaching two out.
The favourite striked the front after the last and powered up the hill to claim victory.
"We were confident but you have to be cautious at the same time. The more we switch him off, the further he'll get," Pipe said.
Jockey Scudamore was thrilled and admitted the horse wasn't himself prior to his run today.
"He's taken some knocks so I'm pleased for the horse as he's gone and shown how good he is, and he's gone and shown it at Cheltenham in a Grade One," Scudamore said.
"I'm delighted for the owners and for David because they've done a lot of hard work. He just wasn't himself after the King George, but that was the real him today. What a thrill," he added.
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