Trainer David Pipe says Umbrigado could feature in next month’s Grand National meeting at Aintree. The John White & Anne Underhill-owned Umbrigado is unbeaten in three starts under rules, with the first victory coming in the Marston’s Brewed In Burton Standard Open NH Flat Race at Uttoxeter in November.
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Pipe’s charge then scored at Southwell in a maiden hurdle before beating Ask Dillon by two-and-a-quarter lengths in the GG Tips ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle at Exeter last month. Connections decided to swerve the Cheltenham Festival but Umbrigado is being lined up for a higher test at Aintree in April.
“Umbrigado was impressive in his bumper and last time at Exeter,” Pipe told Sky Sports. “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.”