David Pipe saddled Grands Crus to chase home Big Buck’s in last-year’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle and with that horse now running over fences, he relies upon Dynaste to fly the Pond House flag.
The six-year-old has twice chased home Big Buck’s this season, finishing a 19-length fourth when trying to make all of the running at Ascot before narrowing the distance to seven lengths when second in the Cleeve Hurdle.
Pipe said: “He was very impressive at Haydock and we tried to run the finish out of Big Buck’s at Ascot, which didn’t work, so we tried different tactics at Cheltenham and he ran a lot better.
“He’s a good horse, he is only six and is improving – if he can finish in the first three it will be a great run.
“He’s got to perform up to his Cleeve Hurdle form or improve a little to be in the frame, but hopefully he can.
“I can’t see a reason why he’ll beat Big Buck’s, but it won’t stop us trying.
“He’s another we’re looking forward to sending novice chasing next season.”
Alan King fields a lively outsider in Smad Place, winner of an Ascot Grade Two on his belated seasonal return in January.
He has since been second under top weight in a competitive Ascot handicap.
“Smad Place is in great nick, and my only reservation is the trip,” the Barbury Castle handler told his website, www.alankingracing.co.uk.
“But I am optimistic that he will stay, and Timeform say that the form of his last run at Ascot would put him in the top three.
“I hope that they are right.”