Cheltenham Festival: Dynamo powers into Novice Hurdles picture with impressive win

More clues to the jigsaw as the weekend saw plenty of movers and shakers ahead of the four-day fiesta in March.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15 – SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE

It’s a tricky business working out whether Dysart Dynamo, who destroyed his rivals in Sunday’s Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown, will run in the opening race at the Festival or the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on the Wednesday, but our odds compilers seem to think it will be the Festival opener.

Wherever he goes he’ll be a tricky customer to beat with winning rider Paul Townend saying “He’d gallop out through a wall for you,” and if the odds boffins are correct, it won’t half be a decent start to Cheltenham with this guy taking on Nicky Henderson’s pair of Constitution Hill and Jonbon.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 – BROWN ADVISORY NOVICES’ CHASE

Connections seem to be favouring targeting this Wednesday race of the Festival, rather than the National Hunt Chase with Threeunderthrufive with winning pilot Adrian Heskin saying: “He’s deceptively quicker than he looks,” after he’d won his fourth chase in succession in a Grade 2 at Warwick on Saturday.

The seven-year-old should have justified the odds as he was clear on official ratings, but he jumped like a stag to make all under Heskin and the result was never in doubt as he powered clear to win by three and a half lengths.

This was the winner’s second Grade 2 victory over the bigger obstacles, this time under a penalty.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 – CORAL CUP

It was great to see affable Northamptonshire trainer Ben Case land the feature Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday courtesy of Cobblers Dream and the winner entered the equation for one of the feature handicaps at the Festival.

The 2m 5f trip should be perfect for the winner, who was good enough to win over the minimum two miles, but has been a revelation since stepping up in distance.

The shrewd Ben Case thought his charge was competing off a nice weight and although the handicappers will now have their say, there’s no knowing how good this lad could actually be having won and been placed on all five outings over hurdles.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17 – TURNERS NOVICES’ CHASE

The 6-4 about Bob Olinger at the head of the market for the St Patrick’s Day feature quickly evaporated after he put any doubts sewn about his jumping on his chasing debut firmly to bed. A superlative round of fencing saw him comfortably beat Capodanno by four and three-quarter lengths in the Grade 3 Kildare Novice Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

There was a brief moment when backers of the 1-2 favourite might have thought the runner-up was getting away, but they were soon eased and the horse who was described by winning trainer Henry De Bromhead as having “class, loads of class” could be set for a battle royale with Galopin Des Champs at the Dublin Racing Festival next month, if there’s a good cut in the ground.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17 – RYANAIR CHASE

The axe was taken to the 20-1 about Mister Fisher for the Ryanair Chase after he stayed on well under James Bowen to land the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton from main market rival Eldorado Allen by a length and three-quarters.

The winner was making amends for a disappointing effort the previous time at the same venue in the King George VI Chase when pulled up before the third last. The Jeremy gelding also failed to finish in last year’s Ryanair Chase, but the ground was good to soft that day and if it was a bit faster, he could be a bit overpriced.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18 – ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE

Stag Horn halved in price for this 3m contest, but also earned a quote for the Ballymore Hurdle too after proving a fine advert for Flat horses going jumping after not being for passing and making all in Saturday’s Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick.

He was beaten nine lengths by the mighty Stradivarius on the level in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April, but given how good the winner there is that was a fine effort and it could be in this sphere that Stag Horn really excels.

He’s two from two over timber now and considering his first success came at Hereford, this was a massive leap forwards.

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