Pipe hoping for considered review of Grand National

David Pipe has urged racing’s rulers not to make a “knee-jerk” reaction to the deaths of Synchronised and According To Pete in the Grand National.

Pipe, who won the race in 2008 with Comply Or Die, believes the safety measures in place have improved greatly in recent years.

With another review in the offing, the Nicholashayne handler hopes the appropriate measures are taken.

Writing on his website, www.davidpipe.com, he said: “I would like to pass on my heartfelt condolences to the connections of Synchronised and According To Pete who were both lost under unforeseen circumstances in the big race.

“However, I urge that we do not make some kind of unfounded knee-jerk reaction to these losses.

“As with all competitive sport there is an element of risk and Aintree have continually been at pains to improve the safety for both horse and jockey for many years now.

“They will review the race as they always do and make the appropriate improvements.”

* John Ferguson admits he is unsure whether New Year’s Eve will be better suited by the Punchestown track as he mulls a run at next week’s Festival meeting.

The four-year-old went down by just a length and a quarter in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, supplementing earlier wins at Ludlow and Market Rasen.

Ferguson, who is seeking his first Grade One success in what has been a magnificent first season, is now considering a crack at the betchronicle.com Champion INH Flat Race on Wednesday week.

“New Year’s Eve has been very well since Cheltenham and he could run at Punchestown in the betchronicle.com Champion INH Flat Race,” said Ferguson.

“He ran very well at Cheltenham and I’m looking forward to him running again. He was a four-year-old running against older horses and time will tell whether or not Punchestown suits him better than Cheltenham.”

nRalph Beckett is hoping the current wet spell of weather continues as he considers sending Moonstone Magic to Newbury on Saturday.

The Trade Fair filly made an impressive debut when winning by eight lengths at Leicester last week and Beckett is mulling a step up to Group Three level in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes.

He said: “If we have a wet week, I might turn Moonstone Magic out again in the Fred Darling at Newbury.”

Beckett is also plotting routes for Oaks hopefuls Colima and Cubanita but revealed that last year’s Superlative Stakes fourth Pearl Mix will not be back in action for some time.

“Pearl Mix has a condition which means he is going to need a couple of months off,” he added.

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