David Pipe has seen a mini resurgence in his fortunes over the past two seasons after having to endure a frustrating spell in the doldrums and his 64 winners and £734,090 in prize money is statistics we are more accustomed to from the Pond House trainer.
There appears an upbeat mood as he enters the campaign proper and with last season’s revelation Ramses De Teille heading into battle after lucrative switch to hurdles which saw him net the Grade 2 River Don Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster and the Grade 2 Prestige Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock there appears ample backing ahead from a squad that looks to have been considerably strengthened with experience and youth.
The Cheltenham winner Siruh Du Lacand evergreen Leoncavallo sport the Pipe shirt this time and with the likes of Kepagge, ever improving Main Fact and Night Edition there look plenty of glory days ahead.
Several of his hurdlers are taking the next step in their careers and going novice chasing and there are also several from the pointing field who could well become household names in the future.
Unfortunately, the high-class bumper horse Israel Champ will spend his season on the bench after meeting with a setback but there could well be another star talent lurking in the shadows for David.
He kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his squad for the season.