MARTIN Pipe added two more winners to his ever-increasing tally but even the Wellington-based champion trainer will have been surprised at the way Ashley Muck strode to victory at Stratford on Monday.

A good crowd descended on Luddington Road and it was business as usual for the Pipe/Tony McCoy team as Majed took the honours in the opening novices hurdle race.

The afternoon's feature race the £10,000 Tote Credit Club Steeple Chase saw Master of Illusion stroll to an easy victory at odds of 7/1.

There was local interest in the next with Robin Dickin's Shampooed hoping to repeat his victory at Warwick last time out.

However, the Xavier Aizpuru ridden mare could only finish third behind the Pipe trained Ashley Muck who set off at 16/1.

After five point to point wins, Here Comes Henry made it six on the bounce with a first win 'under rules' in the penultimate Steeple Chase over three miles.

The winner was a co-favourite of three but it was left to Majority Verdict to land the final race as the only clear favourite to take the winning post first in a National Hunt flat race - the sole bumper to be staged at the track this season.

All precautions were taken to offset the problems of Foot and Mouth Disease and course officials will be hoping the epidemic that has threatened to ruin the sport has receded by the time of the next meeting at Luddington Road on April 21.

Stratford trainer Dickin suffered disappointment and relief at Warwick on Saturday.

The Alscote Park handler had five runners but none came in, while Max Pride found an open gate to his liking and careered through the members' enclosure and out of the track for two miles before happily being caught in a playground