Martin Pipe – Trainer Profile.

The Jag

Today I continue my series on Trainers, having a look at some of the different stables that work hard and tirelessly to bring us some of the best horseracing in the world, every day of the week.

Martin Pipe

Martin Pipe has now retired, but he leaves a strong legacy, which he has recently handed down to his Son David. He was an eminent trainer, I will give a brief history of Martin, then carry onto the report on his son afterwards in the next report.

Martin Pipe was born in Somerset, on 29 May 1945 to a West-Country bookmaker, David Pipe (The same as his son). He had a keen interest in bookmaking and seemed destined follow in his fathers footsteps of perhaps of one day becoming a turf accountant too.

But instead of pursuing a bookmaking career, he decided he wanted to became an amateur jockey, and got stuck into a career in riding..

Unfortunately his career was cut short in 1972 when he fell and broke his thigh, which saw him with a lengthy time out of the game with a long spell on the sidelines.

In 1974, he decided to go into training at Nicholashayne, Devon, and with plenty of hard work, he copped his first win with Hit Parade in 1975, but Martin found it tough, and had had a low hit rate over the following 10 years.

He could have given up, but he used his time developing a different approach to horse training.

After studying horses performances, he felt that the usual technique of horse training could have a negative effect on the performance of some horses, and that a scientific approach could be far more beneficial.

So he introduced regimes of meticulous fitness and endurance training, followed by regular veterinary visits, with a view of getting the horse at it’s absolute best on race day. He started entering his horses in lower races, rather than fewer prominent events, which made certain that Pipe created a consistent and extraordinary record number of wins at the races.

This catapulted him to the top, and helped him to achieve Champion National Hunt trainer, an eye popping fifteen times! This puts him in as the most successful racehorse trainer in British racing history.

In April 2006, due to causes of ill-health, Martin Pipe announced his retirement, and handed over the reins of the yard to son, David Pipe.

A true top class trainer. More on his son in the next report.

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