Forgotten Horse Dynamite Dollars Seeking Champion Chase

The Paul Nicholls trained Dynamite Dollars lit up the Novice Chasing world last season landing race after race and looking very likely to go off favourite for the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham festival.

However, after picking up a season ending injury, like many of the potential 2019 Arkle field he did not go to the festival and has not been seen since his victory at Doncaster in the Grade 2 Lightning Novices' Chase this time last year.

The seven year old is very much the forgotten horse this season being off the track so long but the gelding landed four wins from five starts, including the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown.

(Credit Racing Post) Harry Derham, assistant trainer to Paul Nicholls, said: "He's in full training and is doing a lot of work but he still looks big. Something like the Game Spirit Chase [on February 8] is what I imagine we'll aim for."

The 11 time champion trainer Paul Nicholls is aiming the superstar at the Champion Chase at the festival all being well and the Ditcheat handler has a superb record in the contest Landing the race in 2004, 2008 and the last time in 2015 with Dodging Bullets.

Derham added: "He's absolutely fine and doing loads and loads of work but we're taking every day as it comes. You can't push a huge amount of buttons, you’re just getting them fit with a lot of slow and steady work and he's coming along really nicely." 

Dynamite Dollars is 33/1 to land the contest but that will be sure to go shorter if he performs well before March and may just be the surprise record of the race.