David Pipe worked several members of his Cheltenham team and our gallops reporter was there.
By Gallops Reporter
Last Updated: 20/02/13 1:40pm
David Pipe worked a bunch of his team for Cheltenham before the Press descended on his Pond House yard in Somerset and one of that number who is ticking every box right now is DYNASTE.
Unbeaten over fences, the grey has a choice of engagements at the Festival, but the word from 'inside' Nicholashayne was that he would almost certainly bid for the RSA Chase, in which he will be the banker of that particular day for some.
The seven-year-old has the alternative of the Jewson over half a mile shorter, but with his proven ability at three miles, it is likely Dynaste, who worked splendidly up the steep all-weather facility, will be heading for the RSA.
BUDDY BOLERO has shown himself to be a relentless galloper and gives the Pipes every indication in his work that he is ready for a marathon distance.
That is why the improving seven-year-old is set to tackle the four-mile National Hunt Chase and he's been backed for that race at fancy prices over the past 24 hours.
There are doubts about some of the horses quoted above him in the market running, making him an even more appealing prospect.
CLOSE HOUSE has been trained with the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle in mind and has thrived for his break since scoring readily at Wincanton's Christmas meeting.
The gelded son of Generous looked in tip-top order working up the strip yesterday and his novice form stands up to the closest inspection, remembering he finished fourth behind Simonsig in the Neptune 12 months ago.
One of the darkest horses at this year's Festival will be FLYING CROSS who finished third in the Irish St Leger of 2010 and was previously handed by both Aidan O'Brien and John Gosden.
It will be a baptism of fire for the Sadler's Wells entire should he tackle the Supreme or Neptune Novices' Hurdle, but for now his past training problems appear to be behind him and he worked beautifully earlier in the week.
TANERKO EMERY is a hard-puller but that trait can be easily eliminated in the cut and thrust of a Cheltenham handicap. He seems in top order and has multiple entries at the meeting.
GEVREY CHAMBERTIN will probably go for a novice hurdle with the Albert Bartlett looking more attractive than the Neptune, but there is a possibility that he could run in the Pertemps off top weight.
He has always worked like a good horse and shown it on the track with triumphs in four of his five career starts.