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Tom Scudamore: Dynaste has potential to emulate Grands Crus

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Tom has been schooling Dynaste PA

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After six rides at Kelso on Sunday, I slept all the way home on the plane.

It was a reasonably good day and we were pleased that War Singer won. We will see whether he will step up on this. Up until Sunday, he had been disappointing over hurdles, although he was good on the Flat so it was a step back in the right direction. He went well, but I would not get too carried away at the moment.

It is great to see racing back at Exeter today, especially as there is free entry for all the Olympic Games volunteers, and there will be a fantastic chance for everyone to thank them as well as the Olympic athletes and Paralympians who are attending.

It's a great way to start the new season, and hats off to everyone at the racecourse. I have just one ride, Businessmoney Judi, in the Congratulations Handicap Hurdle.

I love this time of year, when you start schooling the better horses and you start to get a feel of the ammunition you have to go to war with. It is busy, and on Tuesday morning I schooled seven horses.

Recently I have schooled Dynaste and he seems very well. He is a horse I have been looking forward to riding all summer, and hopefully he will turn into a nice novice chaser.

He is following in the hoof prints of Grands Crus as they both won the big fixed brush handicap hurdle at Haydock and he ran a brilliant race to finish second to Big Buck's in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham, which was a very good performance. Perhaps he's not quite as consistent as Grands Crus, but I'm very much looking forward to riding him.

Plans for Grands Crus have yet to be confirmed, although I see he is favourite for the Paddy Power at Cheltenham's Open meeting. He has several big-race options, and David Pipe and his owners will come to their decision soon.

I've recently schooled African Broadway, a 130-rated hurdler, and he's a very nice horse and jumps very well, while His Excellency, who is still a novice, is another bright prospect.

He has been purchased by Sean Tracey, who owns The Tracey Shuffle, which took a nasty fall at Perth in September. I am very pleased to be able to say he is making a full recovery as he took quite a nasty knock. He just needs some time off now to recover.

He jumped the fence very well, but he did not get his landing gear out to save himself from falling. It was a typical novice mistake and it just goes to show, no matter how well they jump at home, it can come apart in races.

The same happened with Notus De La Tour in a race I won on Salut Flo at Cheltenham. He is possibly one of the best jumpers I have ever sat on but lack of experience told and, when he over jumped the fence, he could not find that extra leg either.

It is very rare for a horse not to re-find its confidence again, if they are introduced to fences very slowly. We tend to start them off over logs and see how they progress from there.

This rain is terrific for racing and means we are going to have a great start to winter jump racing.

Come and meet London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians at Exeter today and watch a dressage display by para dressage rider Ed Chanin at 1.30pm. The first of six races gets under way at 2.20pm and there is a free bus service from Exeter St David's railway station, which leaves at 12.40pm, and Exeter Bus & Coach Station, which leaves at 12.55pm. The bus returns 30 minutes after the last race. Games makers are eligible for free entry if they wear their uniforms or show their badges.

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