By his own high standards, the 2017-18 Jumps season was disappointing for David Pipe with only 33 winners and just under £500,000 in prize money.
Pipe is certainly more accustomed to topping the £1 million mark and having leading representatives in all the top contests and a glimpse at his current team suggests that building for the future is tantamount in his planning right now.
The current inmates at his Nicholashayne stable consist of the established sorts like Moon Racer, Un Temps Pour Tout and Vieux Lion Rouge but there is a healthy influx of Irish point-to-pointers who will be running in bumpers and novice hurdles this season before graduating to Novice Chases company and beyond.
Pipe said: “We have a nice team and hopefully they can show that for us this season. We are looking forward to the return of a few old favourites and we have made a promising start so far this term.”
David kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can put his name back up in lights this season.