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Uttoxeter Preview: Double chance for Pipe

| 19.12.2014

Trainer David Pipe has a good record with his runners at Uttoxeter and looks to hold leading claims of enhancing it with a double on today’s card courtesy of Qalinas and All Force Majeure.
The Pond House handler has a strike rate of just under 23% at the track in the past 12 months and his team are in good form at present.

In Qalinas he has a gelding that has dropped to a handy mark and looks weighted to take all the beating in the 3m handicap hurdle (1.45).

The seven-year-old was in good form in the first half of 2013 when landing back-to-back successes at Lingfield and Taunton, and was particularly impressive in the latter when cruiisng clear to score easily by 12 lengths off a mark of 114.

Qalinas then ran very well to finish runner-up in a class 3 contest off 125, and now gets into this lower grade class 4 contest off 116.

That is just 2lb higher than when last successful and makes the son of Malinas look very well-treated on the pick of his form.

Another plus is that he has the services of Michael Heard in the saddle who is good value for his 7lb claim, and although Qalinas has not run for 392 days he has run well after a lay-off in the past and the stables’ runners are rarely found wanting through lack of fitness.

All Force Majeure looked an above average sort when winning on debut and can defy a penalty to follow-up in the bumper that closes the card (3.30).

The four-year-old stayed on well to beat Magheral Express by a neck in a similar contest at Worcester back in May, and the pair pulled 4 1/2 lengths clear of the third Hannah Just Hannah who went on to win her next two starts.

That gives the form a solid look, and All Force Majeur looks sure to come on a bundle for the experience.

The son of Dom Alco does have to give 7lb to a promising type in Mister Miyagi, but I will be surprised if All Force Majeure is not up to the task and fully expect home to take this before going on to better things.

12.10: Smart Motive
12.40: Dancing Shadow
1.10: One For The Boss
1.45: Qalinas (NAP)
2.20: Back By Midnight
2.55: Winged Crusader
3.30: All Force Majeure (NB)



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.