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. Joseph O'Briens claimed the final race of last year's festival, as Banbridge got the better of the smart Cobblers Dream at odds of 12/1. This article contains a complete 2023 Martin Pipe 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. Surprisingly for an unrated race, the Martin Pipe Hurdle has produced some top quality winners in its short history, including Sir Des Champs, Galopin 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 take a closer look at this year's Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle in the coming days and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail a couple of weeks ahead of the race.
Who will win the Martin Pipe 2023?
SPANISH HARLEM is the odds on favorite although he was thrashed 12 lengths by Three Card Brag at Fairyhouse and couldn't even beat Riaan when the two met at Thurles last time out. Anyway, Willie Mullins' charge has finished in the top three in all his races since joining the yard.
COOL SURVIVOR was not disgraced when fourth behind Good Land in Grade 1 company at the Dublin Racing Festival last time, and that winner ran creditably in the Ballymore on Wednesday. Sam Ewing comes in for the ride and Cool Survivor could be the most talented horse in this race.
IROKO struggled last season but has found the right way and won both his starts at Wetherby this term. He looked a far better class above his rivals when a 14-length winner at Wetherby on his latest start.
IMAGINE looks the pick of the six Gordon Elliott-trained runners. This horse fits the profile of Elliott's two previous winners (Champagne Classic in 2017 and Blow by Blow in 2018) and has finished second in all his last three outings following a successful hurdling debut. He chased home County Hurdle favourite Hunters Yarn last time out.
MIGHT I is a classy horse. Harry Fry's charge earnt his trade behind Constitution Hill and Jonbon last season, before finishing second in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree over 2m4f last April. He had a decent run on his seasonal reappearance and then finished runner up to Hacker Des Places in a 2m1f handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on Trials Day where he stayed on well to be beaten a neck.
FIRM FOOTINGS finally shattered his maiden over hurdles by winning at Navan just last month while IRISH HILL’s progression showed no signs of stopping at Ascot, where he won a shade cosily and a six-pound rise is more than fair.
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Dark horses?NO ORDINARY JOE comes into the race after winning at Kempton over the Christmas period in a handicap hurdle race. He was underwhelming at Newbury in February, finishing only ninth in the Betfair Hurdle. His previous Cheltenham experience stands at just one race in November 2021, finishing third in a Grade Three hurdle.
Other notable entries include HAXO, SPIRIT OF LEGEND, MARK OF GOLD, WEST TO THE BRIDGE and MARK OF GOLD.
The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:
MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE TRENDS
- Just 1 of the 14 winners was favourite
- 3 of the 14 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
- Just 1 of the 14 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham
- All of the last 14 winners carried 11-1 or more
- Irish have won 8 of the last 12
- All 14 winners aged 7 or younger
- 8 or the last 11 winners rated 139+
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2023 MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE FAQs
What time is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?
The Martin Pipe Handicap Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle is the 7th and last race run on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 17, 2023 and the official starting time is 5:30pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?
There are 9 obstacles to jump for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle runners
What is the distance of the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?
The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles and 4 and a half furlongs
What is the prize money for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?
The total prize money on offer for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £111,000.
Who won the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Banbridge at SP of 12/1, trained by Joseph O'Brien and ridden by Mark McDonagh.
What weights are carried for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?
As it is a traditional National Hunt handicap hurdle, weights range from 11 st 12 lb for the top weight, to 10 st for the bottom weight.
Who is the leading jockey in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?
The last 11 winners were ridden by jockeys that had never previously ridden a Cheltenham Festival winner.
Who is the leading trainer in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?
Willie Mullins has won the race four times (including the 2021 winner Galopin Des Champs) more than any other trainer, with Joseph O'Brien, Gordon Elliott and Paul Nicholls both having won it twice.