Gevrey Chambertin in line for Cheltenham Festival after Wincanton win
David Pipe’s Gevrey Chambertin, a full-brother to his high-class stable companion Grands Crus, earned quotes for the Cheltenham Festival with an easy success at Wincanton.
Pipe chose the Bathwick Tyres Poole Handicap Hurdle as the next step for his unbeaten hurdler, and he took his tally to three in effortless fashion on Saturday.
Always to the fore under Tom Scudamore, who rode in the Somerset race before flying to Chepstow to partner Master Overseer in the Coral Welsh National, the 5-6 favourite ran out a seven-lengths winner from 66-1 chance Oscar Prairie.
William Hill offer 14-1 for the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle in March and 12-1 for the Albert Bartlett. Pipe’s father, Martin, told Racing UK: “Hopefully he can only progress. He’s very relaxed and we’re very happy with him.
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“I was surprised he came here but it was good placing.
“If he’s half as good as Grands Crus we’ll be delighted and he’s going that way.”
Owner Andrew Brooks would not be afraid to pitch seven-year-old Katenko into the very deep end, after his nine-length victory at Sandown on Saturday.
Brooks, a useful new owner for trainer Venetia Williams, was on hand to see the 5-1 shot storm well clear in the valuable 32Red HBLB Handicap Chase under a positive Aidan Coleman.
“He won that well and we’ve always hoped he would be a Grand National horse,” said the owner. “He was very keen at Ascot and I thought Aidan was tremendous on him there. He’s only seven, but he is mature, and I believe horses are there for racing.”
This is becoming a true breakthrough season for Exmoor trainer Jeremy Scott and jockey Nick Scholfield, as Melodic Rendezvous provided the pair with their first Grade One success together in the 32Red Novices’ Hurdle.
Saturday’s open race at Sandown boiled down to just two horses, with Melodic Rendezvous (7-2) eventually pulling four and a half lengths clear of Pendra on the run-in.
“We’re having a really good season and this is our biggest winner in terms of grading,” said Scott. “He has a lot of pace and I think it’s most likely he will end up in the Supreme, but he will be given an entry in the Neptune over two and a half miles as well.”