David Pipe has trained a winner at every jumps track in Britain after Hunterview landed the feature John Smith’s Scottish County Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh.
The five-year-old was Pipe’s first ever runner at the Edinburgh venue and the Nicholashayne handler still has a 100% strike rate after The Tracey Shuffle took the concluding bumper.
Hunterview battled on well to complete the full set for Pipe, who only took over the reins from his father Martin in May 2006.
Tom Scudamore had Hunterview handy and took him to the lead before the third-last and the 11-4 favourite galloped on dourly to score by five lengths from European Dream.
“He jumped extremely well which kept him in the race early on. He looked flat out, they didn’t hang about, horse and jockey battled all the way to the line,” said the trainer.
“I’ve had a winner at all the jump tracks now. Dad never had a winner at Ffos Las, it wasn’t going when he was training.”
Scudamore added: “He’s won it well. He stayed all the way to the line and jumped well. It was a good performance.
“It’s great to win a nice pot up here for his owners as they are locals.
“He’s fit, he jumps well and he’s battle-hardened. He’s a typical Pond House inmate and we’ve much to look forward to again with him.”
The Tracey Shuffle (6-4 favourite), carrying the same colours of Jo Tracey, completed the 8-1 brace after a 13-length romp under Scudamore in the Racing UK Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Vosges (7-1) rallied in creditable fashion to land the John Smith’s Scottish Triumph Hurdle for trainer James Ewart and jockey Harry Haynes.
After setting some of the pace, Vosges appeared to lose his pitch but he came back strongly to deny The Starboard Bow by a head in a terrific run to the line.
“He’s a fantastic little horse, he’s got heaps of heart and he puts it all in,” Ewart told Racing UK.
“He’ll cope with a big field and he’ll cope with a big handicap – of course you dream about Fred Winter’s at Cheltenham which I think would suit him but I always worry that northern horses are badly handicapped compared to their southern counterparts.
“We’ll see what the handicapper does and if he’s sensible we might have a go.”
The Nicky Henderson-trained Skint unfortunately left his supporters strapped for cash when turned over in the Scottish Racing Novices’ Hurdle.
The 4-7 shot could only finish third, well behind the winner Wyse Hill Teabags (14-1), as Jim Goldie’s runner beat Moon Indigo by three and a half lengths. The hot favourite was a further 15 lengths away.
Richie McGrath always had Wyse Hill Teabags up with the pace and when he kicked on before three-out only Moon Indigo posed a threat but he was soon shrugged off.
“He got badly hampered two out and virtually got stopped to a walk on his hurdling debut,” said Goldie.
“His bumper form is working out well and he jumped well today. It wasn’t totally unexpected as he’s a nice horse.
“Richie is very good at dictating the pace and it went to plan.”
Moon Indigo’s trainer Howard Johnson and jockey Brian Hughes went one better with Santa’s Son (16-1) in the Racing UK Handicap Hurdle.
Goldie had to settle for second this time with Pokfulham as Santa’s Son got home by three lengths to record his first win since December 2008 on his return to the Johnson yard from Charles Pogson’s stable.
The Ferdy Murphy-trained Divers (5-2) came out on top in a three-runner affair in the John Smith’s Novices’ Chase.
Graham Lee kept the grey to the far rail and the move paid off as he took Divers to the front two-out and had enough spare to hold Johnson’s hope Nafaath by three-quarters of a length.
“We walked the track before racing and there was a strip of ground where the rail had been moved and as he has to have good ground that was where he needed to be,” said Murphy.
“I was going to give him another run but he’ll probably go straight to Cheltenham now for the novice handicap that used to be the Jewson.”
Danny Cook had Elite Land (100-30) in front some way out and the 3lb claimer kept the top weight up to his work to beat the staying-on Folk Tune by three and a quarter lengths in the Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap Chase.
“He has his own little way of doing things but he’s won well today. I just hope the handicapper isn’t too harsh,” said winning trainer Brian Ellison.