Entries & Recent Form

The stable enjoyed a good across the card double yesterday courtesy of Plumpton winner Gericault Roque and Leicester scorer Paricolor.  Gericault Roque stayed on in good style to land the 2m maiden hurdle, picking off the odds-on favourite on the run-in under a determined ride from Tom Scudamore.  He had shown promise in an Irish point-to-point and again on his rules debut in a Newton Abbot bumper so it was no surprise to see him go well.  He will surely benefit from further in time and rates another nice prospect for owners Bryan Drew and Professor Caroline Tisdall.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Plumpton and Leicester and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton.  It looks like a busy day ahead for the stable with runners at each of the meetings.  At Plumpton we run Gericault Roque and Grangeclare Glory, at Leicester we are represented by Paricolor and Major Robinson and on the all-weather, Broughtons Admiral contests the staying handicap on the level.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Wetherby supported by all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Newcastle.  David has one runner this afternoon; Little Red Lion who contests the staying handicap chase at Wetherby at 3.10pm.  Our seven year old has won both of his completed starts over fences and is a lightly-raced and progressive gelding.  He was a slightly fortunate winner last time, although he was unlucky to be brought down on his chase debut - luck does have a habit of evening itself out.  He is 3lbs higher today which makes this competitive contest tougher but he should be right there once again for the David Pipe Racing Club.  Wining jockey Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and takes a handy 5lbs off his back.

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What a tremendous weekend for the stable with the Grade One success of Adagio in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow and the success of Martinhal at Exeter on Sunday.  Adagio produced a superb performance to lower the colours of favourite Nassalam on Saturday.  He travelled and jumped brilliantly and showed a spritely turn of foot on very soft ground to take it up between the last two hurdles and quicken away from his rivals under Tom Scudamore.  He was still pricking his ears halfway up the run-in, so hopefully that is a sign there is more to come.  Meanwhile on Sunday, Martinhal (pictured above) was a brave winner of the 2m1f maiden hurdle at Exeter, staying on resolutely in the closing stages to score narrowly from the favourite.  He looks for all the world as though he will get further and is another nice young prospect for the stable.

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Hopefully there are two meetings taking place this afternoon with Exeter needing to pass an inspection yesterday afternoon.  There are no such issues at Southwell where they are hosting an all-weather flat fixture.  David has four runners today; Dusky Hercules, Martinhal, Mr Clarkson and Shoot To Fame.  Dusky Hercules represents the David Pipe Racing Club in the 2m7f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 1.10pm.  He got stuck in the terrible ground on his seasonal debut at Chepstow in November.  A winner last season over course, distance and on soft ground from a 2lbs lower mark, a reproduction of that effort would give him a chance under Fergus Gillard.

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We are spoilt today!  Rising temperatures (it is set to reach a balmy 3°c later) mean that there are five meetings taking place this afternoon with some 'proper' jump racing.  Indeed, the jumps action comes from Chepstow, Kempton and Wincanton, whilst there are a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Chelmsford.  The big meeting of the day of course is Chepstow, where the entire meeting has been rescheduled to host the Welsh National.  David has four runners today, all at Chepstow and they are; Adagio, Neon Moon, Ramses de Teillee and Vieux Lion Rouge.

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Another day, another abandonment.  Following the cancellation of this afternoon's jumps card at Taunton's jump we are left with just three meetings taking place today; with 'jumpers bumpers' meetings at Lingfield and Newcastle as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  I have to be honest, I am not too sure of the value of two cards full of National Hunt flat races, but they seem to be well enough subscribed, so I am obviously in the minority.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.

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