The Triumph Hurdle looks to be the best chance of the week for David Pipe to add another Festival victory to his CV, with Adagio set to lead the Pond House team at Cheltenham.
We caught up with David to go through his potential runners at Prestbury Park in less than a fortnight’s time.
Entries: Triumph Hurdle
He’s done very little wrong this season. He’s in good form and most go there with a chance, though it does look a very hot renewal of the Triumph Hurdle, unfortunately. Tritonic was very impressive the other day and you’ve obviously got all the Irish ones, but then at the same time he’s got course form, we won’t mind what the ground is, he jumps, he travels so hopefully he has a big chance.
We thought we have another run, but he had a little bout of colic after Chepstow which held us up a week. So after that it was always going to be straight to Cheltenham for him.
Entries: Ultima Handicap Chase, National Hunt Chase, Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
He’s always been a good jumper of his hurdles, he’s big enough and was always going to be a good jumper. His jumping probably won it last time for him at Ascot, it was a good performance and he battled all the way to the line. He will probably run in either the Ultima or the 3m6f novice chase, but we’ll have a look at the opposition and see what the ground’s like. It’s probably fair to say that the softer it is, the better it is for him.
Make Me A Believer
Entries: Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
He’s in the 2m5f and the 3m race and has done very little wrong this year. He’ll make a smashing 3m chaser next year, but he’ll go for one of those races this time.
Eamon An Cnoic
Entries: Grand Annual, Plate, County Hurdle, Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
He probably won’t get in, but you don’t know how far down these handicaps will go down this year because there are less entries. The plan would be to go where he gets a run. He’s 10 years old now, and he’s not getting any better, but in fairness his last three runs have been very good ones.
Entries: Grand Annual, Plate
We’ll see what happens tomorrow. He put in a good performance last time at Wetherby. He’s obviously still a novice, so is hopefully less exposed than some of the novice. He lacks a bit of experience, but he seems to jumps well in the main so we’ll see what happens this Saturday as to Cheltenham.
Heure De Gloire
Entries: Mares Novice Hurdle, Triumph Hurdle
I’m not sure she runs yet. We haven’t had her that long but she seems like a nice mare and we’re looking for an owner for her. She won nicely at Pau and we’ll decide closer to the time whether she goes or not.
Entries: County Hurdle, Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
He’s a little superstar. He may have an entry in the Imperial Cup and then he’s in two races at Cheltenham. The plan would be to go for one of those two races. He’s in great form at present and he would be a lively outsider.
First Lord De Cuet
Entries: Pertemps Final, Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
He had been running nicely all season without getting his head in front, but he won well last time. He’d handle Cheltenham and a big field, but we’re not sure whether he’ll take his chance just yet.
Entries: Pertemps Final
All his form is on soft ground, but I’d say he’d handle better ground, whether he’d be as effective on it I’m not sure. He’s lightly raced, he’s improving and three miles around Cheltenham will suit him very well. He was very disappointing [first time out], nothing came to light, so it’s been good to get him back to winning since.
Entries: Pertemps Final
He probably won’t get in, but if he does he’ll take his chance. He’s likely to be a big price and the softer it is, the better it is for him.
Entries: Stayers’ Hurdle
He’s been fantastic for us. He disappointed in the Long Walk, but bounced back with a good run at Haydock last time. He’ll be having some headgear added, though I’m not sure what yet, so hopefully that will bring about a bit more improvement.
Entries: Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
He will be entered in the EBF Final at Sandown as well, so we’re not sure where he’ll go yet but he’s improving quickly. I would have thought two and half miles would suit him better but he’s got a good attitude, he jumps and he stays.
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