McCoy and Scudamore help Pipe savour winning feeling at Newton Abbot
David Pipe scored a big-race double at Newton Abbot yesterday, winning both the Lord Mildmay Memorial handicap chase with Shoegazer, and the feature handicap hurdle with Premier Dane.
The Somerset trainer then concluded a profitable afternoon when Too Generous landed the bumper.
Pipe was leaving little to chance in the handicap hurdle and was responsible for four of the 11 runners. Stable jockey Tom Scudamore had opted to ride Decoy, with Danny Cook on Raslan and Connor O'Farrell on board Ashbrittle. But it was Premier Dane who came home an easy winner and there was a touch of nostalgia about the win, with AP McCoy, who won dozens of races at the course when stable jockey for the Pipes, on board.
Fear Glic set off at a sensible pace and, four flights from home, eight lengths covered the field. But, turning into the home straight, McCoy took it up on Premier Dane, and pushed him out to score a six-lengths win.
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"Martin Pipe promised to buy me an ice cream after that," said the champion, who added: "He won it well, so he did. I thought they were quite slow, which might not have suited him. I just let him roll along. He jumped well." The next target for the ten-year-old could be the Kerry National at Listowel later this month.
With Tom Scudamore finishing down the field on Decoy, hopes were high he would gain compensation for defeat in the following Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase, and Shoegazer duly delivered from stable-mate Enfant De Lune, taking up the running two fences from home and being pushed out for a two-and-a-quarter lengths win.
Scudamore doubled up with a win in the flat race on Too Generous, who was odds on to add to a good recent result win at Worcester.
Special Account got the nine-race card underway, winning the novices hurdle under Nick Scholfield, who took it up at the final flight and won by one and a quarter lengths.
"Although he's a point-to-pointer, he's not slow and he's got the speed. He's got a rating of 130 now and his main game will be chasing," said Scholfield, who was scoring for the 20th time this season.
Special Account's trainer, Jeremy Scott, was hopeful of a double with On The Bridge, favourite to win the 2m6f handicap hurdle, but they were foiled in their attempt by the Sue Gardner-trained Call Me Sir. "He has to be dropped in and ideally you can't be in front too soon," said winning jockey Aiden Coleman, who added: "It's all credit to Sue and the team as he's not been the easiest horse to train."
The novice chase was reduced to just two runners and the Paul Nicholls-trained Prince Tom won easily in the hands of Harry Derham.
Surprise Us pulled his way to the front in the conditional jockeys maiden hurdle and maintained a lead until the final straight, when it was too late for the rest of the field to get on terms, including the favourite Nebula Storm, and he won by a length and a half.
The Richard Woollacott-trained Come What Augustus found a second wind up the run-in under Paddy Brennan in the long distance handicap chase to hold off the challenge of Ballyhilty Bridge.