Daily Punt: Ainsi Fideles

THE four-year-old AINSI FIDELES arrived in this country with a big reputation and was expected to make a winning debut in a warm juvenile hurdle at Wetherby back in the autumn. She was a bit disappointing but looked set to gain compensation when in front and falling two out at Sedgefield next time. David Pipe …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Edmund Kean

TO BE fair, David Pipe’s EDMUND Kean isn’t really a dark horse but I’ve been waiting for him to make his chasing debut. This strapping son of Old Vic won with plenty in hand over hurdles at Fakenham and Taunton last season before running a blinder when third in the ultra-competitive EBF Final at Sandown. …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival beckons for Pipe novices

FEW trainers are as strong in the novice hurdle division as David Pipe. The Liquidator has already established his claims as a leading Cheltenham Festival fancy. And on Saturday Kings Palace shot to favouritism for the Albert Bartlett after a facile victory in at the International meeting at Cheltenham. I loved the way this boy …[Read More]

Dark Horses: Centasia, Carraig Mor and Ainsi Fideles

I’M off to Wetherby on Friday where the highly promising Oscar Rock makes his hurdling debut in the opening race. But I’ll be casting a beady eye towards Uttoxeter where two young horses really catch the eye. CENTASIA is a big strong mare who won a couple of bumpers impressively last season before running well …[Read More]

Trainers unveil Cheltenham Festival big guns

THE top trainers have been busy opening their doors to the media this week with the Cheltenham Festival less than three weeks away. I can never quite work out if the likes of Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls (left) and David Pipe actually enjoy waxing lyrical about their equine superstars. Ultimately, their main obligation is to …[Read More]