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Sunday 17 December 2017

Pipe breaks barren spell as a spectacular double changes Prestbury Vista

David Pipe had to wait until the third day of the Cheltenham Festival to get on the scoresheet but he broke his barren spell in style as Buena Vista and Great Endeavour combined to provide the trainer with a memorable double.

Pipe had been out of luck with his earlier runners this week, but Festival stalwart Buena Vista (16/1) finally struck gold for the Pond House team as he made his sixth Festival appearance in the Pertemps Final.

The nine-year-old made just about every yard under Hadden Frost and kept on strongly up the hill to score by five lengths and a head from Prince Erik and Chamirey, avenging his defeat by Kayf Aramis in the same race 12 months ago.

Buena Vista also tackled the Champion Bumper in the past as well as finishing third in the 2006 Supreme and running in the Arkle three years ago.





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Pipe was pleased to get a winner on the board at Prestbury Park, saying: "It is a relief because we drew a blank last year, and this week Seven Is My Number has run well in the Jewson and Gentle Ranger was going well when he fell in the four-miler. I'm delighted for Tina Pike.

"Buena Vista's part of the furniture here and is still a decent horse, as he's proved today."

Danny Cook landed a first Festival triumph when guiding Great Endeavour (18/1) to a length-and-a-quarter verdict over favourite Sunnyhillboy in the Byrne Group Plate.

Great Endeavour was always cruising behind pacesetting Mister McGoldrick and The Sawyer, and Pipe heaped praise on his secretary Gail Harrison for the decision to run the gelding in this. He said: "Gail's worked for us for as long as I've been on the planet and was instrumental in the decision to go for this race. It makes up for a second and a fourth for me at the meeting last year."

Donald McCain, successful with Peddlers Cross on Wednesday, produced the Trevor Hemmings-owned Ballabriggs to put up an immaculate jumping display in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Richard Harding always had top-weight Ballabriggs (9/1) poised on the heels of the pacesetters and launched him past stablemate Khachaturian before just holding on to score by half a length and three-quarters from Faasel and Galant Nuit.

And Copper Bleu has a date at Punchestown next month after landing the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase by three and a half lengths from Othermix.

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