DAVID PIPE INTERVIEW - 10/03/2017


For the second year in a row David Pipe has agreed to an interview which to do so so close to the Festival it is very much appreciated.
    
  
  
Thanks so much for taking the time out to speak to me David, I really appreciate it and I’m looking forward to reading your responses.
 
 
You have been training horses now for over 10 years or so now, are you still as passionate about the sport now as you were in the beginning?
 
Yes, it is still a great challenge and there is something different every day.
 

On to this years’ Festival I have to say I’m very excited about the prospect of Moon Racer in the Supreme Novices Hurdle (assuming the omission of Faugheen and Annie Power hasn’t put the Champion Hurdle on the immediate horizon?).  The manner in which he beat Ballyandy on his reappearance who has had that form franked and then Mirsaale shows that he still has that talent that helped him burst on to the scene.  He’s clearly had his issues in the past but how is he?  Are you worried about the lack of a run in 2017?  And how far do you think he can go in the future?
 
He is in good order.  The form of his Cheltenham run was boosted again when Ballyandy and Movewiththetimes filled the first two places in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.  We are still undecided about whether it is the Supreme or the Champion Hurdle.  A lack of a recent run will certainly not be a problem.
 

One of the names on a lot of my friends’ lips has been Champers On Ice and you seemed to really think a lot of him.  Based on his running in the Albert Bartlett last term when he wasn’t far behind the excellent Unowhatimeanharry will he be aimed at a race like the Ultima Handicap Chase or can you elaborate on what race he will be aimed at as I certainly would like a small punt on him in whatever race he goes in?
 
He is in the Ultima, the National Hunt Chase over 4 miles and the Kim Muir and we will decide where he goes after the five day stage.  He is in good order at home and went for a racecourse gallop at Exeter yesterday.

 
I mentioned the Martin Pipe Conditionals race last year, do you have a specific horse in mind to try and take the race of your dad’s name?
 
I think we are unlikely to have a runner in the race this year.


I noticed a cheeky little name crop up in the betting for the Mares’ Novice Hurdle the other week at 16/1, Magie Du Ma, can you shed any light on her?
 
She is a nice mare and had some good form in juvenile hurdles in France last year.  It is touch and go whether she gets to Cheltenham.

 
Which of your horses would be your best chances for the week?
 
Moon Racer
 

If you had the pick of a horse not from your stable for a race at Cheltenham what horse would that be?

Altior
 
 
If you had your last pound and had to turn it in to a nice sum with a big price who would you put it on?

The Druids Nephew

 
Will any of your horses more likely be targeted at Aintree rather than Cheltenham?
 
No, other than the obvious…Vieux Lion Rouge

 
Talking of Aintree you must be really looking forward to the prospects of Vieux Lion Rouge in this seasons’ Grand National?  Would it be fair to say that he would be your best chance of taking the race since Comply Or Die?
 
Yes, his profile certainly looks promising.
 

You have some excellent young horses at your disposal now with the likes of Great Tempo, Shaama Grise, Ramses De Teillee, amongst others.  Which of your young horses would you say are ones to stay on the right side of next season?
 
Mr Big Shot
  
 
Once again thank you very much for taking the time out to speak to me, good luck for the Festivals and ofcourse the rest of the season.