No Festival trip for Sherlock

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 17:37 GMT

David Pipe's Red Sherlock will not run again this season with the trainer deciding against an outing in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.

Captain Cutter: Cut down by Red Sherlock
Captain Cutter: Cut down by Red Sherlock

The David Johnson-owned four-year-old made it two wins from two starts when prevailing at Ascot on Saturday but he had a hard race in heavy ground.

"We have a terrific bunch of youngsters this year and Red Sherlock was a real talking horse following his facile debut bumper success at Towcester on bottomless ground last month," said Pipe on

"While our son of Lady Cricket (and half-brother to Swing Bowler) may not have been able to repeat the margin of victory, he did manage to keep his unbeaten record intact with a hard-fought victory at Ascot on Saturday.

"It was most definitely a stronger race with the likes of Listed course winner Captain Cutter in the line-up and I was pleased to see him battle on strongly to lead close home.

"He did flash his tail on a few occasions in the straight but I am inclined to put this down to inexperience as he has shown no signs of temperament at home.

"Although Red Sherlock was near the head of the Festival bumper betting, owing to the hard race he had here, we will resist the temptation to take him to Cheltenham this year and he is now done for the season.

"Only a four-year-old, he is an exciting addition to the team at Pond House and will be given a holiday now to give him the time to strengthen and develop yet further."

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