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David Pipe

Nationality: British

First Winner as Trainer: 2006

Cheltenham Festival Wins: 7

Grand National Wins: 1

Notable Horses Trained: Comply or Die, Well Chief, Madison Du Berlais, Grands Crus, Buena Vista, Junior, Our Vic, Gaspara, Great Endeavour, Mamlook

Career History

One of the young pretenders, David Pipe has stormed on to the scene following in the footsteps of his legendary father Martin Pipe.  For decades Pipe senior dominated the national hunt game and when he retired in 2006 he handed over training duties at Pond House to son David, who took the reins with aplomb.

Training wasn't a novelty for Pipe as he had already amassed 164 winners in point-to-point in the six years leading up to his big move, so it was no surprise that he had instant success. 

Inheriting a top string of horses from his father, Pipe went on to train a staggering 134 winners in his first season to become the first rookie trainer to send out over 100 winners in a debut season.

In 2007 he trained his first winner at the Cheltenham Festival as he saddled Gaspara, who was incidentally owned by his father, to success in the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle.

A year later Pipe would become a household name as he and jockey Timmy Murphy teamed up to win the 2008 Grand National with the David Johnson-owned Comply Or Die, who became a regular placed finisher of the Aintree marathon.

He continued to breed success in 2009 and one of the highlights came at Newbury as Madison Du Berlais fought off some classy rivals to win the Hennessy Gold Cup, before venturing on to Liverpool to annihilate Denman in the Totesport Bowl.

Pipe will always be a name synonymous with the Cheltenham Festival and the Nicholashayne handler has already bagged seven wins at the meeting and his greatest training performance at Prestbury Park came when he trained Buena Vista to successive victories in the Pertemps Final in 2010 and 2011.

In a short space of time Pipe has trained some top class horses from Pond House including Our Vic and Well Chief, but it will be time for the youngsters like Great Endeavour and Grands Crus to step up to keep the Pipe name at the pinnacle of horse racing.

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