Pipe hits a century of winners
DAVID Pipe's horses are clearly in rude health ahead of Cheltenham and the trainer reached a century of winners for the season yesterday when his Saint John Henry took the three-mile handicap hurdle at Bangor.
The 2/1 favourite dominated from the front under Tom Scudamore and an untidy leap at the final flight was not enough to stop him passing the post six lengths clear of Quel Elite.
The success sealed a 14/1 double for Scudamore, who had earlier steered Bobbits Way to victory in the novices' handicap chase for trainer Alan Jones.
Tony McCoy ended the afternoon on a high as he drove Jonjo O'Neill's newcomer Suit Yourself (6/4) to a narrow victory in the bumper.
At Wincanton, meanwhile, evergreen 'teenager' Big Fella Thanks was a heart-warming winner of the Dick And Sue Woodhouse Memorial Open Hunters' Chase.
Making his hunter chase debut in the hands of top amateur Will Biddick, the Tom George-trained 13-year-old was sent off 5/6 favourite and Biddick cut a confident figure throughout before Big Fella Thanks ranged up to challenge Neverownup approaching the final fence.
The veteran merrily skipped over that obstacle and cruised clear with little difficulty to take the prize by a length and a quarter.