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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Cheltenham Festival 2020

    Published: Tue, 10/03/2020 11:41
    The waiting is nearly over for another year with the Cheltenham Festival getting underway tomorrow. Amazingly, given the amount of rain to have fallen in recent months, the ground is likely to ride only soft tomorrow and with a drying forecast, it could be considerably quicker come day four. With a winner last week taking our seasonal tally to 62,
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Cheltenham Festival Handicaps

    Published: Wed, 26/02/2020 14:14
    Despite the loss of another host of fixtures due to the adverse weather conditions last week, we did manage to hit the mark with the cosy success of Night Edition. With Cheltenham now only a fortnight away, the string continues in good form and we are currently on the 57 winner mark for the season.
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  • Huntingdon Races prevails with heavy ground

    Published: Mon, 24/02/2020 09:14
    Despite rainfall in the hours before racing began turning the official going to "heavy", favourite backers were on good terms with themselves after five of the seven Betway sponsored races were won by the market leader at Huntingdon's latest race meeting on Thursday. The most impressive winner of the day came in the two-mile handicap hurdle when
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Ramses De Teillee wins Grade 2

    Published: Tue, 18/02/2020 14:58
    Unfortunately as with Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis is playing havoc with the racing calendar but Ascot and Haydock both survived the storms onslaught on Saturday. Ramses De Teillee travelled to Haydock and put in another fine display to win the Grade 2 Prestige novices hurdle under David Noonan. Given a sensible ride in conditions he led at a nice p
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, sad news

    Published: Tue, 11/02/2020 14:14
    There seems to have been an abundance of bad news of late and sadly that trend continued last week as the racing industry lamented the loss of two notable characters. Gold Cup winning trainer Robert Alner passed away at the age of 76, whilst former jockey James Banks was just 36 years old. The unexpected passing of James Banks at such a tender age
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, 55 winners so far

    Published: Thu, 06/02/2020 13:57
    The good form of the stable continued last week with the successes of Main Fact and Eden du Houx taking our tally to 55 winners for the season which is comfortably more than our total for all of last term. We have also surpassed last season's prize money haul and our strike rate is also considerably higher, which means we have already achieved the
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Ramses de Teillee

    Published: Tue, 28/01/2020 16:08
    It was a real rollercoaster of a week for the stable with some fantastic highs and a couple of the most dreadful lows. We did enjoy three winners over jumps, marking our first victories of the New Year. Main Fact was a real hero, winning twice within the space of three days, whilst Ramses de Teillee produced a fantastic performance to land the
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary Israel Champ

    Published: Thu, 26/12/2019 09:16
    The stable heads into the Christmas period on 46 winners following the impressive Ascot success of Israel Champ in a hotly contested Listed bumper under Tom Scudmore on Friday. He is a horse I have held in high regard since he arrived in the summer and although I was a little disappointed with him first time out for the yard at Worcester he has don
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Caspian Caviar Gold Cup winner Warthog

    Published: Wed, 18/12/2019 12:37
    It's a good job we had recently undergone training with the defibrillator! With the last gasp success of Warthog (pictured above) in the feature Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday and the eventful victory of Kepagge at Leicester the Wednesday before that, there were certainly a few heart-stopping moments! On very testing ground
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  • Cambridgeshire racecourse set for Boxing Day races

    Published: Tue, 17/12/2019 09:02
    Huntingdon Racecourse is getting into the festive mood for its most popular jump racing occasion of the year, the MansionBet Boxing Day At The Races meeting. Every year at Christmas time, over 6,000 people descend on the Cambridgeshire track with friends and family for a traditional sporting day out. Tickets for the big day are on sale - and
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  • Six appeal as Peterborough Chase marks 50 years

    Published: Mon, 16/12/2019 09:07
    The last two winners of the Fitzdares Peterborough Chase take each other on this weekend as Huntingdon Racecourse marks 50 years of its showpiece race. Charbel, the victor 12 months ago for trainer Kim Bailey, heads a field of six horses who will contest Sunday's Grade 2 contest at the Cambridgeshire track, along with Top Notch who took the honours
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Dusky Hercules

    Published: Wed, 11/12/2019 15:54
    There were three reasons for celebration last week with the victories of Miss Tynte, First Lord de Cuet and Dusky Hercules. Whilst every victory is savoured, the success of Dusky Hercules was especially sweet as it marked the first winner for the newly formed David Pipe Racing Club, but more of that later...
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  • Stellar line-up in prospect on Sunday as Peterborough Chase reaches its half century

    Published: Thu, 05/12/2019 14:57
    The last two winners of the Fitzdares Peterborough Chase could oppose each other on Sunday as Huntingdon Racecourse marks 50 years of its showpiece race. Charbel, the victor 12 months ago, is one of 16 horses entered for Sunday's feature Grade 2 contest at the Cambridgeshire track, along with Top Notch who took the honours in 2017. A stellar line
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Paricolor

    Published: Thu, 28/11/2019 11:01
    The victory of Paricolor at Fakenham last week took our seasonal tally to 36 and was important, not least as it was amateur rider Fergus Gillard's first winner for the stable. Under a cool ride from the talented young jockey, our three year old quickened smartly around his rivals on the home turn to come home nine lengths clear. Although Fergus has
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  • Peterborough Chase reaches landmark 50 years at Huntingdon Racecourse

    Published: Tue, 26/11/2019 12:53
    December witnesses the 50th anniversary of the most famous steeplechase run at Huntingdon Racecourse. The inaugural Peterborough Handicap Chase took place in December 1969 and, since then, some of the most famous names in jump racing have been victors, including Wayward Lad, Remittance Man, Travado, Dublin Flyer, One Man, Edredon Bleu, Best Mate
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  • Stylish fashions on show at Winter Ladies' Day at Huntingdon Racecourse

    Published: Fri, 22/11/2019 16:07
    Huntingdon Racecourse is getting ready to put on the style at its annual Winter Ladies' Day on Saturday, an occasion guaranteed to brighten up November with an array of fashionable colours. One of the Cambridgeshire racecourse's biggest racing fixtures of the year features a Gin and Jazz festival in a dedicated marquee, Style Awards and live music.
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Double at Cheltenham

    Published: Fri, 22/11/2019 09:09
    The recent weather has certainly spelt bad news for the racing industry with Stratford and Cheltenham having to call off fixtures last week. Even Fairyhouse in Ireland had to abandon due to waterlogging and take it from me, that takes some doing! Sadly, Cheltenham lost the first day of their prestigious November meeting on Friday and whilst two rac
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  • Two triumphs in a row for Twotwothree in tribute race at Huntindon Races

    Published: Sat, 09/11/2019 09:03
    Twotwothree tried and failed to win last season, but this term the six-year-old has come good and Sunday's Macer Gifford Handicap Chase at Huntingdon Racecourse was his second victory in a month. The race is run each year in memory of the late Macer Gifford, brother of Grand National-winning trainer Josh Gifford. Born in Huntingdon, Macer was a
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  • David Pipe National Hunt Trainer's Weekly Diary, Noonan's Lucky Escape

    Published: Tue, 05/11/2019 08:49
    October certainly proved to be somewhat damp with 145mm of rain falling at Pond House last month alone. Strangely, it produced an incredible variance in the going from racecourse to racecourse, with Newton Abbot having to abandon their final fixture of the season last Thursday due to waterlogging, whilst the ground at Taunton's first meeting on
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  • Racecourse saddles up for Beer Festival raceday

    Published: Thu, 31/10/2019 12:17
    Huntingdon Racecourse is gearing up for its fastest growing event, the Fairfax Saddles Beer Festival race-day on Sunday. Visitors to the Cambridgeshire track can enjoy live music and a wide selection of fine ales from Cambridge's Milton Brewery. Liam Johnson, General Manager, Huntingdon Racecourse, said: "Our busy autumn programme of superb jump
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