Pipers Note is in rude health as he attempts to win the race named in his honour at Ripon – the Celebrating Pipers Note Handicap.
Ruth Carr’s nine-year-old advertised his well-being when just touched off at 20-1 on his last outing at Pontefract.
There is no doubt he reserves his best for Ripon, where he has won eight of his 20 races and also finished second in the 2017 Great St Wilfrid.
“He’s a great horse to train – he’s very straightforward and he showed with his run at Pontefract that he retains all of his enthusiasm,” said Carr.
“He absolutely loves Ripon, and it’s great to have a race named after him on Saturday.
“He goes there in great form and with a good chance – but it is a very competitive race, and there are plenty who will fancy their chances.”
Pipers Note is one of 16 runners, with David O’Meara’s Intisaab heading the weights.
Tim Easterby’s pair of Staxton and Flying Pursuits and Kevin Ryan’s Terruntum Star give the race plenty of depth.