Chambertin cruises home
Gevrey Chambertin (5/6f), a full brother to Grands Crus, completed his hat-trick in the Bathwick Tyres Poole Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.
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Representing the same connections as his more famous sibling, the grey was backed as though defeat was out of the question on his handicap bow and the market signals proved to be spot on.
Tom Scudamore had opted to ride the five year old before departing for Chepstow to ride Master Overseer in the Welsh National, had little cause for alarm as his mount strolled home to record a seven length success.
The son of the late French sire Dom Alco, has now won four of his five starts under Rules with his sole defeat coming in a Listed bumper at Newbury won by the smart Shutthefrontdoor.
William Hill offer 14-1 for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle in March and 12-1 for the Albert Bartlett.
Pipe's father, Martin, told Racing UK: "Hopefully he can only progress. He's very relaxed and we're very happy with him. I was surprised he came here but it was good placing.
"If he's half as good as Grands Crus we'll be delighted and he's going that way."
Big Fella Thanks (6/1) gained his first success since March 2010 when running out a ready winner of the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase.
Now with Tom George, the ten year old was always travelling well under Paddy Brennan but so too was the well-backed Consigliere who had lifted this prize last year.
Big Fella Thanks had seen his rival off by the second last, however, and only needed to be kept up to his work to score by four and a half lengths from Pipe's runner with 18 lengths back to Tullamore Dew in third.