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David Pipe’s Umbrigado in line for Aintree appearance next week

David Pipe is considering placing Umbrigado in the Grand National meeting next week, the trainer confident that he can come up trumps at the higher level. The Irish point-to-point recruit has impressed of late with three wins under rules, these being a bumper at Uttoxeter, a maiden hurdle at Southwell and also a novice at Exeter. Pipe decided against turning the runner towards the Cheltenham Festival but an appearance at Aintree for the five-year-old is a realistic possibility.

The trainer said: “Umbrigado was impressive in his bumper and last time at Exeter.

“He’s a horse we’ve thought a lot of and he’s going to have to step up again, but he warrants taking his chance in a better race.

“He might go up to Aintree, because he missed Cheltenham. He’ll be entered in the two and the two-and-a-half-mile novice hurdles.”

There is a possibility that Umbrigado might be joined at the Aintree meeting by stablemate Eden Du Houx who won bumpers at Ascot and Plumpton in December. Pipe decided against running the five-year-old in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival but instead will make a decision whether or not to take him to Aintree next week.

He said: “Eden Du Houx missed Cheltenham and he could go to Aintree or Punchestown.

“We left him out of Cheltenham. I spoke to Caroline (Tisdall, owner), and we just decided we’d wait for either Aintree or Punchestown.

“He’s had a little break and seems in good form – and has done nothing wrong this season.”