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Pipe targets Brush clean-sweep

David Pipe insists only time will tell if Katkeau has been let in lightly by the handicapper in the "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle at Haydock.

The master of Pond House has saddled Grands Crus and Dynaste to win this valuable prize for the last two years, so it is no surprise bookmakers have taken no chances and installed this latest French recruit as favourite.

Pipe's stable jockey Tom Scudamore has, however, passed over Katkeau in favour of stable companion Knight Pass, who makes his debut for the yard having won four times for Warren Greatrex.

Conor O'Farrell, who rode Dynaste 12 months ago, comes in for the ride on Katkeau.

Pipe said: "Both horses are having their first run for me and I think they both go their with good chances as they are at the right end of the weights.

"Katkeau has obviously come over from France and, on his French form, you would have to think he'll love the ground.

"I'm happy with him at home and I think he has an OK mark (124), but obviously we'll find out for sure on Saturday.

"Knight Pass has never run on ground like this before so that has to be a concern.

"Tom rode both horses at home and had a difficult choice to make, but decided to go with Knight Pass.

"He's a horse who has always promised a lot, without fully delivering."