Grand National winning trainer Pipe urges against knee-jerk reaction to latest deaths

The Northern Echo: Trainer: David Pipe Trainer: David Pipe

DAVID Pipe has urged racing’s rulers not to make a "knee-jerk" reaction to the deaths of Synchronised and According To Pete in the Grand National.

Pipe, who won the race in 2008 with Comply Or Die, believes the safety measures in place have improved in recent years.

With another review in the offing, the Nicholashayne handler hopes the appropriate measures are taken.

Writing on his website, www.davidpipe.com, he said: "I would like to pass on my heartfelt condolences to the connections of Synchronised and According To Pete who were both lost under unforeseen circumstances in the big race.

"However, I urge that we do not make some kind of unfounded kneejerk reaction to these losses.

"As with all competitive sport there is an element of risk and Aintree have continually been at pains to improve the safety for both horse and jockey for many years now."

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