David Pipe wins Cheltenham Festival Ryanair Chase with Dynaste

• Byrne Group winner Ballynagour completes a double for trainer
• Back specialist had worked on gelding since the King George

This has already been David Pipe's most successful Festival, the Devon trainer reaching three winners for the week with a double on Thursday. He came here on Tuesday with a single success in a Festival Grade One to his name but now has three, the latest being Dynaste's triumph in Thursday's Ryanair.

Pipe is marginally freer with his words than was his father, the famously cagey Martin, but he still tends to the dutiful in his post-race reaction and made a point of thanking those who own horses in his yard. "They're spending lots of money and it's great to get the results for them," he said.

In fact, Dynaste cost only €8,000 in the summer of 2010 but the grey has had a big reputation for the thick end of three years and finally made good on it here, pulling clear of Hidden Cyclone on the run-in. Pipe revealed the horse had had extensive physiotherapy and a cauterised palate since he was beaten 47 lengths in the King George on Boxing Day.

Dynaste was a major disappointment when only second in a novice chase at the last Festival. "I came here thinking he was a certainty 12 months ago," said his jockey, Tom Scudamore. "He didn't disgrace himself but I don't think he did himself justice."

Scudamore has shared in all three of Pipe's wins here, taking his career tally at the Festival to five. Their second winner on Thursday was Ballynagour, who made a nonsense of the Byrne Group Plate, allegedly a handicap, which he won by eight lengths. "He's a horse who doesn't take too many races, so we won't be rushing to do anything," Pipe said. "We'll just keep watching the DVD."

Officials were relieved to report that, despite some dramatic falls, no horses or jockeys were seriously injured. Racing switched from the speed-favouring Old Course to the more stamina-sapping New Course, which was watered on Wednesday night, and race times suggested that the ground was significantly slower than on the Old.

Attendance has been down on last year by an average of about 1,000 per day but Thursday's sellout crowd will still take the week's total to more than 220,000. Viewing figures for Channel 4 Racing continue to disappoint, however, with Wednesday's show averaging 608,000 viewers, 17% less than in 2013, though the percentage of audience share was slightly up at 10.2%. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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