David Pipe

    Grand National-winning trainer David Pipe is aiming for an improved performance this season having experienced a below par season in 2016-2017 and runs the rule over his Pond House team
  • Monday 06 November 2017
  • Stable Tours

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.

All Horses

Aldrin (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one his 3 races over hurdles and rated 110. Winner of a novice hurdle at Bangor (2m 1/2f) in August by three and three quarter lengths from Dance Rock.

Trainer Says:

He won nicely at Bangor and I probably ran him a bit quick after that. He is having a break now and will be back in the Spring. He needs decent ground and two miles and we will also run him on the Flat at some point.

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Aurillac (FR)

  • 7-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Martaline - Ombrelle (Octagonal)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 15 Mar 2017 14:10
  • Result: PU/12, rear of mid-division, carried right by loose horse and last from 6th, soon niggled along, behind 10th, pulled up before 4 out
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 13 races over fences and currently rated 137 in chases. Notable effort in a Novices Handicap Chase at Newbury (2m 6 1/2f) on New Year’s Eve when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Belami Des Pictons off a mark of 132 when trained by Rebecca Curtis.

Trainer Says:

He won’t be seen until the second half of the season as he unfortunately had a colic operation. He is just starting back and doing some work now and has some good form in the book. He is still a novice chaser and you would imagine staying chases are going to suit him best.

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Bidourey (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 8 starts. Not seen out since pulled up in a Grade 3 Hurdle at Ascot (1m 7 1/2f) in December 2015.

Trainer Says:

He is another one who won’t be out until the second half of the season. He has been off with a leg injury and is a talented horses but things haven’t gone right for him for awhile now. He still has a decent engine and we just need a change of luck with him. He will stick at two miles for the time being.

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9 Dec 2014:

Champers On Ice (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 10 starts and currently rated 143 over fences. Made a winning reappearance in a novices chase at Uttoxeter (3m) in December 2016.

Trainer Says:

He will probably go for the Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock and had a decent season last year and also a bit frustrating as I don’t think he was at his best. He seems in good form at present and he might be the sort for the Welsh National.

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6 Dec 2016:
29 Apr 2015:

Daklondike (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 114 over fences. Returned to winning form in a handicap chase at Wetherby (3m) on Saturday when beating Krackatoa King 18 lengths off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He won very well at Wetherby on Saturday and he likes soft ground. He is a bit quirky but it was a good performance and he is quite talented.

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8 Nov 2017:
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Delface (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 3 starts over hurdles and currently rated 119 over hurdles. Made a winning debut for the stable at Ffos Las (2m) in May when beating Captain George three and a half lengths.

Trainer Says:

He ran once for us and won at Ffos Las. We will probably step him up in trip at some point but he did it nicely at Ffos Las and hopefully he will keep improving.

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Delirant

Form Profile:

Winner of two bumpers in France in October and November 2016.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t run for us as yet but won a couple of bumpers in France. We will start him off two mile novice hurdling somewhere. He’s a nice horse.

Duc De Beauchene (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Saddler Maker - Quatia D'angron (Verglas)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Wetherby, 31 Mar 2017 17:20
  • Result: 9/13, held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never troubled leaders, weakened over 1f out
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Form Profile:

Runner-up, beaten half a length, to Jaunty Warrior on his debut in a bumper at Ffos Las in March before being unplaced in a similar event at Wetherby later that month.

Trainer Says:

He ran in bumpers last season and we will start him over hurdles. He likes the mud and will probably need a trip in time.

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1 Mar 2017:

Eamon An Cnoic (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 130 over hurdles. Gained his last success when beating Sakhee’s City in a handicap hurdle at Haydock (1m 7 1/2f) in December. Fell on his chasing bow at Wetherby (1m 7f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

Unfortunately he fell at Wetherby on Saturday but he seems ok. He did well over hurdle last season but will hopefully make a better chaser. He gives the impression he wants further but we will stick to two miles for the time being.

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26 Oct 2016:
20 Mar 2016:

Eur Gone West (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner - Floating Euro (Beneficial)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Uttoxeter, 18 Nov 2017 15:40
  • Result: 6/14, led, ridden 3f out, headed over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out
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Form Profile:

Third in an Irish point-to-point in April.

Trainer Says:

He just ran once in an Irish point-to-point and finished third. He will start off in a bumper this week. He has a good attitude and is very workmanlike about his work.

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18 Nov 2017:

Friday Night Light (FR)

Form Profile:

Rated 86 on the Flat and having his first race for the stable when unplaced in the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket (2m 2f) in October.

Trainer Says:

He had one run for us in the Cesarewitch and the ground was a bit firm for him that day but he ran well for a long way. He will start over hurdles now and he schools well at home. He could develop into a nice horse.

Great Tempo (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 8 starts. Off the mark on his first start for the stable in a maiden hurdle at Hexham (2m) in December 2016.

Trainer Says:

He lost his way a bit last year but he seems in good form now and finished second in a Charity race at Wincanton the other day. We will see if it will be fences or hurdles for him – we haven’t decided yet.

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19 Nov 2017:
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Ilovemints

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her four bumpers.

Trainer Says:

She won a bumper at Bangor on her debut but her next few races for Warren Greatrex were not as good. She was bought in the Summer and will start off in Mares’ Hurdles. She goes nicely at home.

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28 Jan 2017:

Irish Prince (IRE)

Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a young horse I had last year but he was just too weak to run. He is much stronger this year and should, hopefully, be out in a bumper this week.

It's Obvious

  • 5-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Tobougg - Hiho Silver Lining (Silver Patriarch)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Wincanton, 11 Nov 2017 12:40
  • Result: 4/11, mid-division, slow 3rd, headway approaching 5 out, outpaced after 3 out, soon no impression
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Form Profile:

Finished second in a point-to-point in Ireland when last seen out in March 2016.

Trainer Says:

We have had lots of niggling problems with him but we are having a good run of late. He will start over hurdles and he will want a trip in time.

Just Midas

  • 4 b g Shantou – Desert Grail
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is another young horse we had last year who didn’t make the track. He will be out in a bumper shortly and he is by a good sire in Shantou. We are hoping he will do well in his bumper.

King's Socks

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 11 races in France and 147 rated chaser. Winner of a listed hurdle at Enghien (2m 2f) in May 2016.

Trainer Says:

He had a leg injury last year and won’t be out until the second half of the season. He has some very good form in France and will be aimed at the big Festivals in the Spring.

Max Do Brazil (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 11 starts and rated 120 over hurdle. Pulled up in all three outings for the stable last season.

Trainer Says:

He was disappointing last year but goes nicely at home. He wasn’t quite right in his coat last year but he’s looking well at the present moment so we hope that he can bounce back. He will probably start off over fences somewhere low key.

Miss Tynte (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Mahler - Top Quality (Simply Great)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Warwick, 10 Nov 2017 15:50
  • Result: 7/18, tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and one pace over 1f out, no impression final furlong
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Form Profile:

Fourth in a bumper at Carlisle last December on her debut for the stable.

Trainer Says:

She just ran once for us last year and ran a decent enough race at Carlisle. She will goes to Warwick this week and she goes nicely at home and we hope she can improve on her fourth at Carlisle.

Video Form
30 Apr 2016:

Moon Racer (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Saffron Walden - Angel's Folly (Wesaam)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Aintree, 7 Apr 2017 14:20
  • Result: 6/9, tracked leaders on outside, niggled along after 4 out, not fluent 3 out, lost place 2 out, no extra
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 8 starts and rated 142 over hurdles. Gained his last success in a Grade 2 event at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) in November 2016.

Trainer Says:

He had a bit of colic through the Summer so he won’t be out until the second half of the season. Everyone knows that he is very talented but fragile and not getting any younger either but we hope to get him back on again for the Spring Festivals.

Video Form
27 Apr 2016:

Mr Big Shot (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of his 3 starts to date and currently rated 138 over hurdles. Successful in his only bumper at Uttoxeter in March 2016 and unbeaten in two races over hurdles beating Cousin Oscar eight lengths at Wetherby (2m) in January and followed up with an 18 length defeat of Skipthescales at Carlisle (2m 1f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He is undefeated at present and has got loads of potential. He is a very big horse and very backward and hence he hasn’t run much. I’m not sure if we keep over hurdle or go over fences but he will be out in mid December.

Video Form
19 Mar 2016:

Ramses De Teillee (FR)

Form Profile:

Placed in five of his 7 starts over hurdles and currently rated 122. Finished runner-up, beaten four and a half lengths, to Culture De Sivola in a handicap hurdle at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) on his latest start in October.

Trainer Says:

He has been frustrating but has been running really well and bumping into one or two. He will probably run over fences now and a lovely attitude and will be winning shortly.

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31 Oct 2017:
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Rathlin Rose (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 10 starts and rated 134 over fences. Winner of the Royal Artillery Gold Cup and Grand Military Gold Cup both at Sandown (3m) in February and March of this year.

Trainer Says:

He did well last season and loves the mud and stays all day. It will be long distances chases for him now.

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Shaama Grise (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 11 starts and currently rated 136 over hurdles. Last win when beating Culture De Sivola seven lengths off a mark of 114 in a handicap hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

She had a good season and went up in the ratings. She will probably go over fences this year and is a decent mare who will hopefully improve again.

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20 Jan 2017:
8 Jan 2017:

Starchitect (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sea The Stars - Humilis (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 18 Nov 2017 14:25
  • Result: 2/17, always prominent, challenged 3 out, every chance next, soon ridden, one pace last, kept on towards finish, just held
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Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 23 starts and currently rated 140 over fences. Made a winning reappearance in a handicap at Stratford (2m 3 1/2f) last week when beating Cut The Corner three lengths off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He battled on well to win at Stratford last week and it was a good performance. He is entered in the Paddy Power and he will stick to two and a half miles and I don’t know if we will run in that just yet. He is a talented horse and he has form on all ground but he’s slightly better on decent ground.

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Taj Badalandabad (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou - Last Chance Lady (Mister Lord)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Haydock, 7 May 2016 15:20
  • Result: 9/15, mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, 8th 3 out, no impression
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Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 12 starts and currently rated 133 over hurdles. Unplaced in his only start last season at Haydock (2m 7f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He has been off with a leg injury and did well over hurdles. He will hopefully be going over fences now. He likes the mud and hopefully will be winning again for his owner.

Video Form
31 Jan 2015:

Tigger Two (IRE)

Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is another youngster we had last year who never made it to the track. He is by Getaway who is a fashionable sire at the moment and he should be out in a bumper shortly.

Video Form
8 Nov 2017:

Timeforben (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of her only point-to-point in Ireland and third to Crooks Peak in a bumper at Newton Abbot in October.

Trainer Says:

She ran well in what I think might turn out to be a decent bumper at Newton Abbot the other day. She is entered up this weekend and may run in another bumper or go straight over hurdles but she has a good attitude and might be a good staying mare for the future.

Video Form
13 Oct 2017:

Un Temps Pour Tout (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Robin Des Champs - Rougedespoir (Bonnet Rouge)
  • Trained by: D Pipe
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 14 Mar 2017 14:50
  • Result: Won/23, tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, virtually upsides 2 out, ridden after last, stayed on well under pressure to lead narrowly closing stages
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 26 races and rated 160 over fences. Landed the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham (3m 1f) in March for a second year running when short heading Singlefarmpayment off a mark of 155.

Trainer Says:

He has another great season last year and won at Cheltenham again landing the Ultima Handicap Chase for a second year running and has won a French Champion Hurdle. You won’t see him until the second half of the season as he comes good in the Spring and he will have a Grand National entry at the same time.

Vaniteux (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 21 starts and rated 158 over fences. Finished seventh, beaten 20 ½ lengths, to Foxtail Hill in the Randox Health Handicap Chase at Cheltenham (2m) in October on his debut for the stable.

Trainer Says:

He ran ok at Cheltenham the other day and he’s rated very highly at the present moment. He will go for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham and he could run over two or three miles this season. He will be a hard horse to win with but will, hopefully, pick up lots of prize money during the season.

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30 Jan 2016:

Vieux Lion Rouge (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of 11 of his 23 starts and rated 154. Finished fourth, beaten 43 ½ lengths, to Bristol De Mai in the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby (3m) on Saturday. Winner of the Becher Chase at Aintree (3m 2f) in December of last year off a mark of 142 when short heading Highland Lodge.

Trainer Says:

He ran well at Wetherby on Saturday when finishing fourth in the Charlie Hall and his next race will be the Becher Chase. He jumps the National fences better than the normal park fences and hopefully there is more to come.

Video Form
18 May 2015:

Warthog (FR)

Form Profile:

Runner-up in a bumper at Chepstow in March and unplaced at Punchestown on only other start for the stable.

Trainer Says:

He ran in a couple of bumpers for us and is a big horse who still has to fill into his frame. He should develop into a lovely staying hurdler and I’m not sure if it’s hurdles or fences with him this season we will make a decision closer to the time.

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