Enigmatic grey Zaynar has moved stables in an effort to re-ignite his season just two weeks before his Cheltenham target. The seven year old joined David Pipe yesterday just days after his disappointing first fence fall at Kempton on Saturday.
It isn’t the first time he has been transferred after a surprising and unexpected defeat. In 2009 saying our won the JCB Triumph Hurdle for Nicky Henderson. In his preparation for the following season's Champion Hurdle Zaynar was turned over at odds of 1/14 in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso. Indeed, following his Triumph success Zaynar didn't win again Henderson, and was soon moved into the Nick Williams stable.
Zaynar ran seven times for Williams, his only win coming in a novice chase at Ascot in December last year. He was 3/1 shot for the Racing Plus Pendil Novices Chase at Kempton but got no further than the first fence where he did all he could to refuse before on shipping Tom Scudamore.
The response in moving the horse so soon before Cheltenham, where Zaynar is a 25/1 chance for the Jewson Novices’ Chase, is surely a matter of clutching at straws. Victor Chandler, part of the Men In Our Position syndicate which owns the horse said, "Having tried to refuse at the first at Kempton last weekend it has been agreed, by mutual consent, that Zaynar will leave the yard of Nick Williams and has been sent to the stable of David Pipe with immediate effect."
It is perhaps significant that the statement is not precise on who was in agreement about the move. You can't help but feel a disappointing absence of loyalty here, and it will be an astonishing achievement if Pipe is able to turn things round in such a short period of time.