Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Pipe in Line for the Big Race Victory; over the Creek's Odds Shorten

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horse Racing: Pipe in Line for the Big Race Victory; over the Creek's Odds Shorten

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Byline: By Martin Kelly

OVER The Creek staked his claim for the Coral Welsh National as he lowered the colours of some familiar names in the Boylesports.com Cashback Chase at Cheltenham yesterday.

In the absence of the suspended Timmy Murphy, David Pipe engaged the services of Christian Williams and his unexposed eight-year-old was sent off the 6-1 favourite.

After travelling powerfully, David Johnson's colours eased to the front after the third-last and Over The Creek kept punters happy by staying on best of all for a three-quarter-length success from Simon.

The sponsors quote the winner at 10-1 from 14s for the Chepstow marathon, while Ladbrokes go 16-1 from 25s about the runner-up for the John Smith's Grand National.

Pipe said: "Chasing was always going to be his game, but he lost his bottle after running at Towcester in February and it has taken time to get him back.

"We have done a lot of work on him at home and he has jumped really well today. The Welsh National is definitely a possible, but David has a few entered and we will make a decision closer to the time."

Henrietta Knight claims to have unearthed another Gold Cup horse in the shape of Calgary Bay (9-1), who coped with the challenges of 6-5 favourite Snap Tie and his old adversary I'm singing the blues to capture the EBF/Boylesports.com "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle in the hands of Tony McCoy.

Knight, who saddled the great Best Mate to a hat-trick of wins in the blue rib and, said: "He is our next champion I hope and he is a lovely horse.

"He'll have one more run and go for the Supreme Novices', although he will have an entry in the SunAl-liance too."

Joe Lively, a bargain 2,700 guineas buy at the Ascot sales, entered the equation for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase with a second course victory in the Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase.

Trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by his son Joe, the 11-2 chance bowled along in front and had his three rivals cooked turning for home. …

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