Dynaste the King George VI Chase value
Silviniaco Conti heads the betting as he bids to land back-to-back success in the King George VI Chase at Kempton today (3.10), but in a wide open affair Dynaste looks decent value to land the 3m show-piece.
The David Pipe trained grey is a top class performer when on-song, as he showed when coming from off the pace to win the 2m 5f Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival back in March.
The eight-year-old was confidently ridden by Tom Scudamore and showed a good turn of foot to win going away by 2 1/4 lengths from Hidden Cyclone.
Dynaste was sent off the 13/8 favourite for the Betfred Bowl at Aintree on the back of that success, but went down by 1 1/2 lengths to Silviniaco Conto after jumping the last upsides Paul Nicholls’ charge.
To me Dynaste got outstayed by the winner, and today’s sharper 3m will be right up his street.
Indeed, the son of Martaline put in an awesome display over course and distance as a novice when winning the Feltham easing down by 12 lengths in a fast time, and although he disappointed in this race 12 months ago that came on the back of a gruelling effort on very testing ground when runner-up to Cue Card in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Dynaste once again comes into the contest having run in the Grade 1 contest at Haydock, but this time was not subjected to such a hard race in finishing a 10 length third to Silviniaco Conti.
He looked, and ran, as if needing the outing that day and is entitled to come on significantly for the run.
Although Dynaste has work to do with Silviniaco on that running, the winner went into the race on the back of a run and the drying ground will be massively in the selections’ favour and against the jolly.
The race is also likely to be run at a strong pace which will suit Dynaste, and with Tom Scudmaore in the saddle everything looks in place for a huge run.
Silviniaco Conti is the obvious one that Dynaste has to beat, and last year’s winner has a rock solid profile as he bids to retain his crown.
The Paul Nicholl’s trained gelding if a four-time Grade 1 winner who stayed on strongly to beat Cue Card by 3 1/2 lengths in this race 12 months ago.
The eight-year-old disappointed when finishing just fifth of eight to Menorah in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on seasonal reappearance, but showed that running to be all wrong when beating that rival by two lengths in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month.
Stamina won Silvianco the day in a race run in testing conditions, and although Nicholls believes he acts on all surfaces I am not convinced and feel he could get tapped for toe at under today’s conditions.