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Ryanair Chase to feature Benefficient versus Dynaste rematch

Benefficient and Dynaste are set to renew Cheltenham Festival rivalry in Thursday's Ryanair Chase a year on from finishing first and second in the Jewson Novices' Chase at Prestbury Park last term.

Tony Martin's Irish raider came out on top on that occasion, springing a 20/1 surprise when rallying up the hill to outbattle David Pipe's 11/8 favourite but the pair are much closer in the betting this time.

Dynaste began the season with a superb effort in the Betfair Chase at Haydock when splitting Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti but now has a bit to prove following a below-par effort in the King George at Kempton.

Benefficient was also under a cloud after finishing well adrift in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in November but he bounced back to form when edging out Hidden Cyclone in a Grade One contest at Leopardstown over the Christmas period.

Hidden Cyclone previously finished a fine third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham and has since finished second behind Sire De Grugy at Ascot, but trainer Shark Hanlon is hopeful of going one better on a sounder surface at the Festival.

Hanlon said: “We have left Hidden Cyclone in the Ryanair and, although I haven’t spoken to the owners yet, he is going nicely, so I’ll be hoping that he runs. He went to Leopardstown after racing on Sunday and popped around. He jumped well, so I was happy with him and he seems in great form. 
 
“I have been very happy with his performances this season and his runs at Leopardstown and Cheltenham were very good. In the Paddy Power Gold Cup we gave at least a stone to the winner, second and the fourth and then the horse that beat him at Ascot is favourite for the Champion Chase. 
 
“The horse was sick last year, but he has improved with every run this year and I am delighted to see the ground is drying up in Cheltenham. On form, he shouldn’t be far away in the Ryanair. There are 21 still left in, but I think it will cut up a bit more and I am happy for us to take our chance.”

Paul Nicholls will go for glory with Cheltenham regular Al Ferof, who was runner-up in the 2010 Champion Bumper before winning the 2011 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Irish raider First Lieutenant also has a good record here, having won the 2011 Neptune before finishing second to Bobs Worth in the following year's RSA Chase and then chasing home Cue Card in last season's Ryanair when starting as favourite.


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Ryanair Chase to feature Benefficient versus Dynaste rematch

Benefficient and Dynaste are set to renew Cheltenham Festival rivalry in Thursday's Ryanair Chase a year on from finishing first and second in the Jewson Novices' Chase at Prestbury Park last term.

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