Pipe disappointed for Dynaste
October 23, 2012 09:55:03 UK
David Pipe is disappointed that his top-class staying hurdler Dynaste is unlikely to make his chasing debut at Worcester this week.
A dramatic 22 per cent fall in the amount of prize money on offer means Pipe will delay his reappearance on behalf of the owners, saying: "I was very disappointed to see that when the race conditions were subsequently reproduced that the race was then worth a total of £4,700.
"I’d have been looking forward to entering him because he is the highest rated hurdler from the yard that will be switching to fences this season and he has schooled really well at home.
"I had earmarked him to make his chase debut at Worcester this week in a race that originally had a total prize fund of £6,000.
"I understand that times are financially very testing for everyone at present, but a near 22 per cent decrease in proposed prize money is preposterous."
Pipe however has had something to cheer over the past few days when he returned from Cheltenham with a winner in the shape of His Excellency.
He said: "I was delighted to welcome in a winner on Saturday when our only runner, His Excellency, prevailed in the novices' chase.
"He hasn't always looked the most straightforward with his tail flashing in the closing stages, but he possesses plenty of talent and it certainly doesn't seem to stop him."
Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson is1.16 to be Champion National Hunt Trainer this season, with Paul Nicholls 4.50 and Pipe 101.00.
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