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Pipe points Tout to Neptune

David Pipe feels Un Temps Pour Tout is a "live candidate" for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Although the Pond House handler will consider giving the pricey French recruit an entry in the Coral Cup at the Festival in March, connections are, at this stage, leaning towards the Neptune following his easy win at Ascot on Saturday.

Un Temps Pour Tout easily claimed the not inconsiderable scalp of Cole Harden by taking an Ascot novices' hurdle by an eased-down 16 lengths on just his second start in Britain.

Pipe said: "Although he did no more than win as he rating suggested he should, I was pleased to get his first British win under our belts.

"The step up in trip certainly brought about improvement and he looks a live candidate for the Neptune Hurdle at the Festival and he may also get an entry in the Coral Cup."

Pipe, by contrast, was left downbeat by Gevrey Chambertin's performance on the same card.

Big things were expected in the Grade Two Reynoldstown Novices' Chase, but the six-year-old grey was pulled up before the last fence.

The trainer told www.davidpipe.com: "I was disappointed to see Gevrey Chambertin stop so quickly having jumped and travelled well for the majority of his chase debut at Ascot on Saturday.

"Nothing has come to light as yet as to why he stopped so quickly but it was definitely not his true running. He appears none the worse for his exertions so we will monitor him over the next few days and decide where to take it from there."