Bumper day for Pipe

  • Last Updated: February 10 2013, 18:05 GMT

David Pipe emerged with two winners from just three runners that he saddled on Sunday's card at Exeter.

David Pipe: Won both divisions of the bumper
David Pipe: Won both divisions of the bumper

High Ville wasn't expected to trouble the big guns in the Listed Bathwick Tyres Plymouth Novices' Hurdle and that proved to be the case with the five year old finishing last of the five runners after cutting out the early pace.

However, the Master of Pond House trained the odds-on favourites for both divisions of the Bathwick Tyres Intermediate Open NH Flat Race and both runners lived up to market expectations.

Vieux Lion Rouge (4/5 fav) made it three out of three in this division with a 14 length success under Tom Scudamore who was also aboard The Liquidator in the finale.

A runner-up to smart performers Clondaw Kaempfer and Anonis on his two starts to date, the 1/4 favourite made the most of this easier opportunity and had no trouble dispensing with his three rivals to record a 24 length winning margin and complete doubles for his jockey and trainer.

Oliver Sherwood may have missed out with Puffin Billy but he had the consolation of a double on the afternoon, with Many Clouds (2/1) thwarting Paul Nicholls' Irish recruit Just A Par in the Bathwick Tyres "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

"The two of them have ended up pulling a long way clear of the third horse, which I am always told is a good sign," Sherwood told Racing UK.

"I don't think he'll go to Cheltenham. The plan was the EBF Hurdle at Sandown but that might have scuppered it. There are plenty of other races, possibly at Aintree and Ayr, and chasing will eventually be his game."

Rouge Et Blanc (11/4 favourite) who was once Sherwood's hack, followed up his win at Huntingdon on Thursday in the Bathwick Tyres Barnstaple Handicap Chase.

The remaining contest on the card saw Colin Tizzard's Theatrical Star (7/2) gain his first win over fences in the Bathwick Tyres Bridgwater Novices' Chase.

The way looked clear for market leader Colour Squadron, who had run well behind the promising pair Module and Fago, when Act Of Kalanisi fell early but he wasn't terribly fluent over his fences.

In contrast, Theatrical Star was jumping for fun out in front and kept on well to score by five lengths, a margin which looked like being considerably more but for a late rally by the jolly.


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(reopens) Puffin Billy was later reported to be lame.

Sherwood's wife Tarnya tweeted: "Leighton was unhappy with Puffin Billy during the race today and he has been pronounced lame by vets."