Saturday 15 June 2019

Master Dino shows Cheltenham credentials

The 11/10 favourite is now on course for a £60,000 bonus should he go on to win any race at Cheltenham. (stock picture)
The 11/10 favourite is now on course for a £60,000 bonus should he go on to win any race at Cheltenham. (stock picture)

Nick Robson

French raider Master Dino signalled his Cheltenham credentials with an authoritative victory in Plumpton's Follow At The Races On Twitter Novices' Chase.

Master Dino, a first winner in England for Guillaume Macaire since December 2012, never allowed the front-running Knocknanuss too much leeway and then pounced at the second-last before powering seven lengths clear.

The 11/10 favourite is now on course for a £60,000 bonus should he go on to win any race at Cheltenham.

And Macaire confirmed his charge is highly likely to run in the two-and-a-half mile JLT Novices' Chase in March - rather than the Arkle Trophy - after first taking in Sandown's Scilly Isles as his next race.

France's multiple champion trainer said: "The next step is Sandown, then the middle distance (JLT) at Cheltenham. In my opinion, the Arkle could be too fast for him."

The Two Amigos continued his remarkable upward curve with a fine weight-carrying performance in the Sussex National.

Somerset trainer Nicky Martin was repaid for keeping her nerve, after second thoughts about the cross-country trek because of drying ground, as her seven-year-old led almost throughout over more than three and a half miles.

Colin Tizzard's Duc Kauto is another which looks like he may be going places after his one-and-three-quarter-length win in the Download The At The Races App Handicap Hurdle.

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