Bio: David Pipe is, of course, the son of the legendary Martin Pipe, who won the National Hunt Trainers’ Championship 15 times between 1988/89 and 2004/05 and, in so doing, revolutionised the training of National Hunt racehorses.
Pipe Jnr. took over the licence at Pond Hill Stables in Nicholashayne, near Wellington, Somerset following the retirement of his father in April, 2006. David Pipe made a flying start to his training career, saddling his first, second and third winners on the same day at Kelso the following month and finishing the season with 134 winners and over £1.6 million in prize money.
That season, in which he became the first trainer to saddle one hundred winners in a debut season, finished third in the National Hunt Trainers’ Championship and saddled his first Cheltenham Festival winner, Gaspara, owned by his father, in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, proved to be his best yet.
Although his record will always be compared, rather unfairly, with that of his father, David Pipe has saddled over 1,000 winners, including victories at every National Hunt racecourse in the country and 14 at the Cheltenham Festival.
His career highlights at Prestbury Park include the Ryanair Chase twice, with Our Vic in 2008 and Dynaste in 2014, the Arkle Challenge Trophy with Western Warhorse in 2014 and the Champion Bumper with Moon Racer in 2015, while he also saddled the 2008 Grand National winner Comply Or Die.