Low Key and Vayland, both trained by the in-form David Pipe, both look to have bright prospects.
David Pipe is in a rich vein of form and he has double prospects this afternoon.
His LOW KEY can bring the first leg up when he runs in the opening 2m2f maiden hurdle at Stratford, in which he faces eight rivals. Clear best on official ratings, he has run well the last twice over hurdles, including when finishing fourth behind Ittirad at Newton Abbot at the end of last month when last seen out. That run can be upgraded as he was still travelling strongly when making a bad mistake at the second-last, which cost him any chance he had.
Formerly trained in Germany, where he won three times, he landed a gamble on his debut for his current stable when landing a 1m4f at Newbury for amateur riders, and his shrewd trainer is sure to place him to advantage over jumps too. That could well be today as the opposition is no great shakes and there are no worries over the rain softened ground as he clearly enjoyed getting his toe in at Newbury and last time out.
Stable jockey Tom Scudamore rides and while he’s been put in as bet365’s 5/4 favourite, you could argue he should be odds-on.
Pipe’s forays north often bear fruit and he does particularly well at Sedgefield where his five-year record stands at 5-14 (36%). The majority of his winners have come in non-handicaps and his career record in such races at the Durham venue is an even more impressive 10-21. So VAYLAND, his sole runner this evening in the 2m3f novices’ hurdle on the card, deserves plenty of respect and the six-year-old is also well clear of his four rivals on the ratings.
An impressive bumper scorer when trained by Stuart Crawford, he’s shown more than enough in five starts for his current stable to suggest he can land this and it’s worth noting that the trainer said he might want a bit further when winning over 2m1/2f at Taunton in March. The forecast “good to firm” is a slight worry as he’s never raced on anything faster than good, but Pipe would not be running him if he was worried.
The presence of previous scorers Dun Scath and Prince Khurram will ensure he doesn’t have things all his own way, but they also help to make the market and bet365’s even money is fair, with odds-on quotes elsewhere.
The double at bet365 pays a more than respectable 7/2.
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