Cheltenham Preview – Five to follow from the David Pipe stable with Bet365
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David Pipe certainly has the pedigree for the Cheltenham Festival, son of the 15 times Champion Trainer Martin. His father trained 34 festival winners including two Champion Hurdle victories with Granville Again and Make A Stand. Martin eventually retired with a staggering 4182 winners to his credit, handing over the reins to David in 2006.
David trained 134 winners from Pond House in 2006-2007, the first trainer in history to pass a century in their first season. Gaspara gave him his first Cheltenham Festival that year, claiming a £75,000 bonus for previously winning the Imperial Cup at Sandown. He skilfully trained Un Temps Pour Tout to win back-to-back Ultima Handicaps in 2016 and 2017 and Buena Vista to do the same in the Pertemps Final (2010-2011). His Festival tally has remained on fifteen since Un Temps Pour Tout and we take a look at his team for 2022.
David Pipe has been very patient with the talented Adagio since he was beaten in the 2021 Triumph Hurdle. The horse ran a terrific race to finish second to Quilixios, doing much the best of the British-trained runners. Adagio was well beaten by Monmiral at Aintree, possibly feeling the effects of his Cheltenham run.
He then underwent wind surgery in September but was not seen on the racecourse for 220 days. Pipe had him as fit as he could get him for the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham in November where he was narrowly defeated by West Cork. That was a tremendous run under 11st 12lbs and the race has produced numerous subsequent winners.
Adagio was not seen again until Wincanton on 19th February in the Kingwell Hurdle where he headed Goshen at the last flight but lost out in the race to the line. He goes to Cheltenham as a lively outsider at around 16-1 in the Champion Hurdle odds.
Pipe has fond memories of the Ultima Handicap Chase thanks to Un Temps Pour Tout and could bid to land the race for a third time in the same colours. He has the consistent Gericault Roque entered in both the Ultima and the Kim Muir Challenge Cup. The six-year-old has come up against some well handicapped horses this season. He was second to Pats Fancy at Chepstow and the prolific Saint Palais in the Mandarin Chase at Newbury. On his most recent start he was beaten by Éclair Surf in the Warwick Classic Chase.
Remastered almost landed some nice bets in the Ladbrokes Trophy but crashed out at the fourth last. He was then beaten by Enqarde at Haydock before finishing fourth to Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Royale Pagaille at the same track. Pipe has not entered the nine-year-old for the handicap chases at the festival but he has qualified for the Pertemps Final over hurdles.
The grey Brinkley also has a Pertemps entry and is still in the National Hunt Chase and the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase. Last weekend’s third to the veteran Ballyandy over hurdles at Chepstow was marred by some poor hurdling and it remains to be seen whether he has a future over fences.
The mare Panic Attack was only a 10-1 chance when well beaten in the 2020 Champion Bumper. She has won a couple of mares hurdle races since and qualified for the Pertemps when fourth to Kansas City Chief at Cheltenham in October. She may struggle to get in off her current handicap rating.