Tom Scudamore guides Salut Flo to another clean leap on his way to victoryPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Salut makes all to land
Byrne Group for Pipe
Report: Cheltenham Festival, Thursday
Byrne Group Plate (Handicap) (Grade 3) 2m5f, new course
SALUT FLO made all the running to give trainer David Pipe and jockey Tom Scudamore the first win of a disappointing festival and land a good few bets in the process.
The defeat of Grands Crus in Wednesday's RSA Chase had put the Pipe team on the back foot but Scudamore made no misake on Salut Flo.
The Allan Stennett-trained runner hit the three-last fence but otherwise jumped soundly and came home well clear of The Cockney Mackem, who finished second for the fifth time this season, with Glam Gerry third and Divers fourth.
Salut Flo's victory justified the faith placed in him by David Pipe, who had suggested the seven-year-old was his best bet of the meeting during Monday's Q&A session held on the Racing Post Twitter feed.
Pipe said: "He's a good horse and he jumped well. It wasa great team effort. I had to beg his owner Allan Stennett to be patient and wait for the race but that takes some doing as it is a long time between December and March but he agreed and here we are standing in the winner's circle."