Martin Pipe has insisted he will not “sacrifice” any of his horses to win a 15th trainers’ championship.
Pipe is currently locked in a fascinating battle with Paul Nicholls for the title and is currently around £60,000 (€87,800) in front of his big rival.
Tomorrow’s Grade Two Faucets For Mira Showers Silver Trophy Chase at Cheltenham could have an extra frisson as Nicholls sends out three runners, Le Roi Miguel, Mouseski and Le Duc, while Pipe relies on Therealbandit.
However, Pipe will not be putting any extra pressure on the horses in his yard as he claims getting owner David Johnson to 100 winners this season is more important than another title.
“I won’t be sacrificing any of my horses to win the title. I’ve won 14 and I’m sure Mr Nicholls will win the championship one day,” he told At The Races.
“I don’t have that many left to run in the yard. We’ll obviously try to get loads of winners for my owners before the end of the season but my main aim is not to win the championship, my main aim is try and get Mr Johnson to 100 winners if we can.”
Nicholls has been cut to 6-4 from 2-1 by Coral to win the title after the Barking firm took several large bets today.
Pipe has accordingly been eased to 1-2 from 4-11.
“All the money we have taken has been for Paul Nicholls and there appears to be plenty of life left in this title race,” said Coral spokesman Simon Clare.