Scudamore steers Indian Pipe Dream to feature-race success
REPORT: NEWTON ABBOT, Sunday
INDIAN PIPE DREAM made it a hat-trick of recent victories when coming from well off the pace to land the featured 2m6f handicap hurdle in the hands of Tom Scudamore.
The David Pipe-trained six-year-old was given a patient ride by Scudamore before making his move out of the back straight and holding off the persistent challenge of Simondium up the home straight for the Totesport-sponsored prize.
Owner John Webb said: "Obviously I am very pleased with that as it was a step up on his twoprevious wins and Tom has come back and said he really needs three miles as all he does is stay
"I bought him for 58,000 guineas out of John Gosden's yard two years ago but he was a bit disappointing before winning his lasttwo races for David and I think he has found the key to him judging on the way he has won today."
Pipe had earlier initiated a double after the ex French Phoenix Des Mottes made a winning debut in Britain with a two and a half lengths call over Winning Show for the first division of the conditional jockeys' maiden hurdle.
However that only tells half the story as rider Johnny Farrelly lost a stirrup when the horse divedleft two out and then kicked out his other iron before providing spectators with a rodeo show over the last flight.
Pipe joked: "I thought Johnny was riding at my length over the last! But seriously he did the right thing after the horse jinked badly left two out as he kicked out the other iron as well which helped with balance at the last hurdle."
Peter Bowen and SeamusDurack, still on cloud nine after Snoopy Loopy's big race victory 24 hours earlier, teamed up again to take the 2m5f novices' chase with Contact Dancer.
The trainer completed a double following the comprehensive success of debutant Royal Scoundrel in the bumper under Richard Johnson.
There was something of a turn up in the 3m 2f handicap chase after 14-1 chance Beauchamp Prince and conditional rider John Kington proved too good for Le Forezien.
Chris Coley, organiser of winning syndicate The Yes No Wait Sorries, admitted the result was something of a shock.
He said: "We thought the course would be too sharp and the ground a bit soft for him but we have been proved well wrong."
Sergheyev, having his first tryfor Brendan Powell and first outing for over six months, made all the running for the second leg of the conditional jockeys' maiden hurdle in the hands of Sam Jones.
Indian Pipe Dream as he was forced to pull out all the stops before landing the featured handicap hurdle.