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Martin Pipe target for Newbury hero The Brimming Water

Sam Drinkwater is thinking of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham for The Brimming Water following his victory at Newbury on Saturday.

The handicapper has given the seven-year-old a 3lb rise for his three-quarters of a length verdict over Coeur De Lion, which makes The Brimming Water borderline for his Festival target.

Drinkwater hopes history does not repeat itself as his Nightboattoclyro agonisingly missed the cut by one for the same race in 2021.

“The Brimming Water is very well. He’s had a couple of days in the field and I’m very happy with him. The handicapper has been quite kind to him giving him 3lb,” said the Worcester handler.

“I will put him in the Martin Pipe. I think I missed out by one last year with Nightboattoclyro off the same mark of 130, so it will be nip and tuck if he got in but that will be the race I’ll be training him for.

“Hopefully this lad gets in. He’s been fantastic and I couldn’t believe he got beat at Haydock. We beat Unexpected Party at Wetherby in his previous race and he trotted up at Ascot and is now rated 142. Maybe it was the sharp track at Haydock, but he put it right at Newbury.

“If he got into the Martin Pipe, he could have a live chance.

“My conditional jockey, Danny Burton, will ride him at Cheltenham. He’s done nothing wrong and deserves his chance.”

Aintree appeals for Nightboattoclyro

Nightboattoclyro may have to wait until Aintree next month to attempt to complete a four-timer.

Trainer Sam Drinkwater has the Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles on day two of the Grand National meeting in mind for the seven-year-old.

Nighboattoclyro has won all his three starts since joining the Drinkwater stable, with his rating rising from 115 to 131.

The Worcester-based trainer believes that mark should be enough to ensure a run at Aintree on April 9, judged on previous renewals.

Nightboattoclyro also holds an entry in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, but he may well not make the cut off that mark.

Drinkwater said: “He’s coming along nicely. He’s in the Martin Pipe, but I don’t think he’ll get in.

“He’ll probably have to wait for Aintree. There’s a two-mile-four handicap hurdle there he would have got into the last four years. We’ll probably wait for that.

“Fingers crossed, as long as it’s the same as the last four years, he’ll get in. We’ll see.”

Nightboattoclyro will be ready for whichever opportunity arises.

Drinkwater added: “He’s just on tick-over, as he has been between his runs. He’s easy to keep fit.

“He seems to be progressing, and will be a nice novice chaser next season.”