David Pipe probably looked on in admiration at the way his father Martin continually smashed records and raised the bar for those in the training ranks of National Hunt racing during his formative years but it could a reversal of positions at Aintree on Saturday should Vieux Lion Rouge or one of his other contenders land the world’s most famous race.
Martin Pipe, despite re-writing the record books, only hoisted the Grand National Trophy once during his illustrious career when Miinnehoma took the race in 1993 and son David has already achieved that goal with Comply Or Die in 2008.
Father would have been puffing his chest out in 2009 had Comply Or Die not found only Mon Mome too good but the former Pond House maestro could have his day should David lift it this time.
The Pipe team isn’t as strong numerically as in the past but with top novice hurdler Moon Racer on a retrieval mission after being pulled up in the Champion Hurdle and Starchitect looking to improve on a good run in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Plate there could be rewards to be reaped later this week.
David said: “We don’t have as big a team as usual but fingers crossed they go there with decent chances. Vieux Lion Rouge has done all that has been asked of him this season and he is a stronger horse this year and it would be amazing if we could win another National.”
David kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those that will be on duty for him at Aintree.