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. Willie Mullins claimed the final race of last year's festival, as Galopin Des Champs got the better of the smart Langer Dan at odds of 8/1. This article contains a complete 2022 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. 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 take a closer look at this year's Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail a couple of weeks ahead of the race.
Who will win the Martin Pipe 2022?
LANGER DAN has run very well in two out of three visits to Prestbury Park including last year when second to Galopin Des Champs in the Martin Pipe. He hasn't been seen since and this would be some achievement if he were to win this on his seasonal reappearance. Furthermore, he will run off a mark just two pounds higher than 12 months ago.
Gordon Elliott's CHEMICAL ENERGY finished down the field in last year’s Champion Bumper, and was held in a Grade 3 at Navan on his hurdling debut in November. He has since gone in at Fairyhouse over 2m4f and now appears a genuine Martin Pipe contender.
THE GOFFER made a lasting impression when winning on his second hurdles start. The he was below par at Limerick and didn’t see out three miles behind Geri Colombe at Thurles. Gordon Elliott's charge was back to his best in the Grade Three Michael Purcell Novices’ Hurdle las time out, beating some useful rivals that day.
Elliott has also entered HOLLOW GAMES, a horse that looks a massive danger to all. He won a Grade 3 at Navan in November, and has subsequently gone on to finish a creditable third in two Grade 1's. He looked a real threat in a Dublin Racing Festival Grade 1 last time before a mistake at the second last.
ADAMANTLY CHOSEN made his debut in the valuable Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival, registering a cosy three-quarter-length success. He had to settle for second on his first couple of starts over hurdles, but he produced an impressive display when getting off the mark at the third attempt, bolting up by 27 lengths in a two-mile maiden at Thurles.
Noel Meade’s HE'S A HARDY BLOKE warmed up with a sixth of 17 in a tough two-mile handicap at the Galway Festival and a good performance at Leopardstown last month, despite finishing out of th frame. We expect a much-improved outing this time.
Dark horses?ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN recorded two win at Galway last term and have recently finished fifth at Leopardstown, when a suspect ride might have done it all to keep his handicap mark down to 132. He looks extremely well handicapped on what he has shown and looks a winner in waiting for this race.
Gordon Elliott's I A CONNECT is an interesting entry. He hasn’t ran since November and he’s beaten Chicago Time in the last year. He was second behind Ciel De Neige at Sligo in October and beat Suprise Package at Punchestown in November.
Henry De Bromhead's DECIMATION is off a mark of 140 and he could be very well handicapped. He was beaten in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse last year by Ashdale Bob, who ran very well in the Coral Cup. He had a spin three weeks ago to prepare for this race, finishing seventh in a good 16-runner handicap at Fairyhouse.
Henry de Bromhead's other runner, GRAND JURY, didn't get home over 2m6f when sent off 100-30 for a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival, having run second to Ginto in the Lawlor's Of Naas previously. ANyway, he shouldn't be overlooked.
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MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE TRENDS
- Just 1 of the 13 winners was favourite
- 3 of the 13 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
- Just 1 of the 13 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham
- Horses carrying 11st or less are 0-91
- Horses aged 8+ are 0-56
- 11 of the last 13 winners were aged 6 or younger
- The last four winners were rated 142+
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2022 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 18, 2022 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 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £111,000.
Who won the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Galopin Des Champs at SP of 14/1, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Sean O'Keeffe.
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 10 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 Gordon Elliott and Paul Nicholls both having won it twice.