Pipe hopeful of success as three head to Scotland
WITH Exeter failing to beat the freeze up, the only jump racing in Britain is in Scotland at Ayr and David Pipe is sending a three-horse raiding party on the long haul north, with Kings Palace looking to have a great chance starting off on the right note in the second division of the Talk To Victor Novices' Hurdle.
The five-year-old got his career off to a great start when hacking up in a bumper at Plumpton, where he carried plenty of stable confidence and was never off the bridle to score as he pleased.
He was far from disgraced when trying to follow up under a penalty in a better-looking contest around Ascot as he refused to go down without a fight behind the well regarded Captain Cutter.
Hurdles was always going to be the name of the game for the son of King's Theatre and he looks to have been found a decent opportunity to score at the first time of asking over jumps with Timmy Murphy, pictured, in the saddle.
Top Wood has been running consistently well without winning, but his turn might well come in the Follow Us On Twitter @BetVictorRacing Handicap Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles which might well prove to be his optimum trip.
He ran with great credit at that trip at Haydock last time when staying on well to be runner up to Bakbenscher and a repeat of that performance should see him go very close again as he handles the very soft ground.
The Pipe threesome is completed by Consigliere, who takes in the Bet Victor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap Chase and will bid to go one better than when second at Wincanton just over two weeks ago.
There was plenty of support around for the ten-year-old on that occasion, but eventually had to give best to the rejuvenated Big Fella Thanks.
On the sand at Lingfield, Story Writer can put that experience to good use in the mile and four furlongs Lingfield Park Maiden.