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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 4)

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The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle is the Cheltenham Festival’s feature race for conditional jockeys. It means that the riders need to have ridden less than 75 winners. The race is run over a distance of 2 miles 4½ furlongs over Cheltenham New Course on the final day of the festival. The unexposed Blow By Blow, trained Gordon Elliott, won this race in 2019 at odds of 11/1. This article contains a complete 2019 Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle race preview, our free predictions and tips, key trends, best odds, free bets, no deposit bonuses and bookie promotions.

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The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle is the newest Cheltenham Race at the Festival and is considered the championship race for conditional (apprentice) jockeys in the United Kingdom. It's a National Hunt hurdle for conditional jockeys, run over two miles and four-and-a-half furlongs, for horses aged four years and upwards. The race offers a prize purse of £50,000. Surprisingly for an unrated race, the Martin Pipe Hurdle has produced some top quality winners in its short history, including Sir Des Champs and Don Poli.

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is an extremely tough race to solve for punters as, like any other Cheltenham handicap, many horses will come into the race and look well handicapped on paper.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

DALLAS DES PICTONS, who won at Leopardstown recently, is two from four over hurdles this season, most recently landing a valuable prize at Leopardstown. He is 10lb higher for his Prestbury Park assignment, but that does not look an insurmountable hike.

EARLY DOORS, third from 3 lb lower in the Martin Pipe a year ago, finished runner up behind Apple's Jade in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. He is trained by Joseph O'Brien and will be ridden by Jonjo O'Neill Jnr. That could be a lethal combination.

CARTWRIGHT was 6th at Navan over this trip in January. He was a prolific stayer on the Flat, winning six times from 14 starts but his losing run stretches back to just shy of 12 months

DEFI BLUE made his third hurdles start a successful one over this trip at Navan in November but turned in a poor effort when eleventh in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown last month.

GET A REASON has struggled to land a blow since winning his first two starts over hurdles. He has often ran well without threatening in graded company.

PYM was a good second at Cheltenham in a novice hurdle in November and then won at Kempton last time out in a close finish with The Cashel Man. He starts off in handicaps from a lenient looking mark and handles testing ground.

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ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS has not been seen for 425 days and it would be a terrific effort if he could get involved here. He was good enough to finish sixth in the 2017 RSA Chase, meaning a BHA-mark of 144 could prove lenient.

IF YOU SAY RUN, winner of a point to point and a Chepstow bumper, has only once finished outside the top two in starts last term, pulled up at Newbury behind Roksana in a Grade Two mares’ novices’ contest. She returned from a break to get off the mark for the season at the first attempt, beating Litterale Ci at Wincanton and made the frame in all three subsequent outings.

DOCTOR DEX arrives here having produced a career-best effort to complete a double last time out. He has the potential to leave bare form behind, but does lack experience for a race like this.

BIG TIME DANCER was very progressive in handicaps, seeing off a 9 lb rise with ease when following up in the Lanzarote at Kempton in January while DAYBREAK BOY won a novice contest at Kempton last time, and comes with a fair opening mark.

Dark horses?

The likes of DISCORDANTLY, NOT THAT FUISSE,MR ANTOLINI, COOLANLY and BURROWS PARK all come with ambitions to finish in the frame.

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The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle was only introduced to the Festival in 2009 so very few strong trends have been established at the moment.

  • Just 1 of the past 10 winners has been favourite, and just 2 have been in the top 3 in the betting
  • 5 of the 10 winners won last time out before Cheltenham
  • 8 of the 10 winners were placed in the top 4 last time out
  • 7 of the 10 winners returned at a double-figure price (8 of the last 10 were 16/1 or less)
  • Only 2 winners have previous Festival experience
  • 7 of the 10 winners were rated 133-139
  • Irish runners have won 5 of the last 8 (all making handicap debuts)


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