This one will jump a fence in the long run (hopefully a bit better than that one, although if anything like as successful, nobody will care much!), but this is another horse that went to Pipe for big, big money after he went through the ring at the Brightwells sale following an impressive enough win in the PTP field.
Six weeks later Pipe had Jamie Codd booked to ride in the big Punchestown Bumper and they beat a Dermott Weld horse called FIRST FIGARO (he’d be worth looking out for too, but isn’t in my 20), by a head, with the third placed horse 28 lengths back.
I would be thinking he’ll be aimed at the longer distance novice hurdles races at Cheltenham and be an RSA Chase possible come 2017 because being by Robin Des Champs his forte will be staying.
CHAMPERS ON ICE is another I believe will win a couple before heading to Cheltenham in March and he’ll be competitive, for sure.
With novice hurdlers is always dangerous hanging your hat on their pegs because even though they might well have shown an aptitude for jumping something a little bigger, the smaller obstacles might not be quite up their street. We’ll find out together but that decent Bumper form is in the book and I’m happy to have this one in my 20.