Pipe dreams at Pond House
Michael Shinners with his notes from Tuesday's stable trip to David Pipe's.
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RSA /Jewson Dynaste seems obvious to start with his best horse. Worked well this morning and is bigger and stronger than last year. Has a similar profile to Grand Crus although is far more straightforward to train. David felt that the Feltham race was far weaker this year than last, although he was delighted that Hadrain's Approach franked the form at Newbury.
Supreme Flying Cross is ex Aidan O'Brien who was rated 111 and was third in the Irish St Leger. He was a slow burner with tendon problems, but now seems really well and is improving every day. He has been with the yard nine months and will go there without a run.
RSA Goulanes is entered in both the RSA and the National Hunt Chase. His owner Roger Brookhouse seems to prefer the RSA and he feels that we will need all of the three miles to be seen at his best. He is far from flashy but is gutsy, stays well and is still progressive. Although he has only run once over fences he has run twice over fences in the point-to point field.
Bumper The Liquidator was second in a bumper at Cheltenham at the back end of last year and has subsequently bolted up at Exeter in what he described as merely "a racecourse gallop". He felt the horse was similar to Liberman and was fairly hopeful of his chances.
Albert Bartlett Gevrey Chambertain is one he feels is improving all the time. He is three from three however he went up 15 pounds and is entered in the two staying novice events and a number of handicaps. The suggestion was that we would be best over three miles so perhaps the Albert Bartlett may be his preferred option.
National Hunt Chase Buddy Bolero was given a fair shout. He didn't run in last year's festival as he didn't feel that it was right for the horse at that stage of his career. Although it was a modest race it won at Leicester he feels that he is improving off his mark of 142. Looks a Welsh National type for next season as all he does is gallop and stay.
Clearly the handicaps are the races the Pipe's are best known for and unsurprisingly he didn't give a great deal away!
Pertemps Close Home was given a really good mention off a mark of 143 which he seemed to think was workable. Junior will also go here off a much lower hurdles rating..
County Swing Bowler will run here rather than the mares race. Another of interest is Tanerko Emery who will probably run here. He ran well in the Welsh Champion Hurdle after rushed preparation. He's very keen and will be better on decent ground.
Grand Annual His Excellency is in both the Arkle which the owner would like him to run in and the Grand Annual, which some in the yard prefer. He thinks could go well as he is clearly a monkey but conditions of the race could suit.
Our Father is entered in a number of races but admitted that he needs to be fresh. Perhaps the Hennessy in November wouldn't be out of the question.
When asked about the Imperial Cup he gave nothing away...