DAVID PIPE had to dust himself down after a below par season in 2016-2017 when his powerful Pond House team registered 59 winner and £778,983 in prize money but his enthusiasm certainly didn’t diminish and he will be flat out this term to ensure that previous high standards are met again.
The current team included Vieux Lion Rouge who won the Becher Chase at Aintree and the Grand National Trial at Haydock and all roads will be leading to another crack on the big day Aintree in April where he will look to try and emulate former Pipe inmate Comply Or Die.
Moon Racer is back to carry on his challenge in decent hurdle company and the classy Un Temps Pour Tout could well make further gains before lining up as a Grand National starter himself.
However, it is the younger brigade that David hopes can emerge this term and with the likes of the unbeaten Mr Big Shot and several who have displayed their mettle in the point-to-point field there is every reason to believe that business can resume as normal.
David said: “They are running a bit better now and we don’t have any specific aims just to get them winning. The Grand National would be on the agenda again and we will just keep cracking away.”
David kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can help fly the flag high over Pond House this season.