David Pipe: has a strong hand to play in the novice hurdle divisionPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Pipe: Sherlock one of our strongest cards this week
DAVID PIPE has highlighted the unbeaten Red Sherlock as one of his best chances of getting among the winners at the Cheltenham Festival.
Pipe has saddled eight festival winners since taking over from his father Martin and has high hopes of adding to that with Red Sherlock in Wednesday's Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
"He's a very special horse at Pond House because Red Sherlock is by the great mare Lady Cricket, who brought so much success for owner David Johnson and my father," said Pipe in this week's edition of the Racing & Football Outlook which goes on sale on Tuesday.
He added: "She's clearly imparted much of her ability in her son, who has to be one of our strongest cards this week - he's run six times under rules and is still unbeaten.
"On Trials Day at Cheltenham in January he took a significant step up in class when beating the smart Rathvinden. Aubusson, who is no back marker, was a further 29 lengths back in third. That is top-class form to bring to the Neptune this week and, although we meet some smart rivals, including Faugheen, I like his chances."
Red Sherlock is a general 4-1 second favourite for the Neptune, with only the Willie Mullins-trained Faugheen shorter in the market at 11-4.
Pipe has a strong hand to play in the novice hurdle sphere at this week's festival and is hoping Kings Palace can give him a double in this division when tackling Thursday's Albert Bartlett Novices´ Hurdle.
Pipe said: "His last two runs suggest we've a very nice horse on our hands and he goes to the Albert Bartlett with a great chance.
"On form, it looks primarily to be between him and Briar Hill, although I've a lot of respect for Deputy Dan."
Get the lowdown on Pipe's other runners at Cheltenham in this week's Racing & Football Outlook - available to buy on Tuesday