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MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE BETTING PREVIEWThe 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 2021? LANGER DAN recently won the Imperial Cup. He did it very well that day and with only a 5lb penalty for that looks an interesting contender for the Dan Skelton yard. He shaped well at Cheltenham on both of his appearances at the track as a juvenile, finishing runner-up to Botox Has in an early season juvenile event before running into sixth in the Fred Winter.
GALOPIN DES CHAMPS could flower over this new trip and he gets the vote following his bold show when 100-1 in the top 2m Grade 1 novice race at Leopardstown. He was well behind Appreciate It at Leopardstown in a Grade 1 last month but this is trip looks more suited now handicapping.
Bought for €280,000 after finishing second in both starts in France, GENTLEMAN DE MEE won well at Naas last time out. With only three career runs looks the sort that will have more to come.
GABYNAKO finished one place behind Eskylane at Leopardstown next time out. Third in a Grade 2 and a Grade 1 earlier in the season, he’s another Irish contender that could perform well.
PILEON and DALLAS DES PICTONS have been the runners-up in the last two renewals of the race, and though neither have particularly built on their former Festival form. DALLAS DES PICTONS in particular hasn’t troubled the judge for a long time either, and he’ll race from a mark 7lbs higher than his current rating in Ireland.
Dark horsesFIRE ATTACK has been highly tried over obstacles thus far, with all four of his starts coming at Listed level and above and there were more encouraging signs on his last start.
FLOUEUR shaped well back over hurdles last time after failing to take to fences. He has the potential to achieve more, and neither can be discounted.
DALLAS DES PICTONS hasn’t troubled the judge for a long time either, and he’ll race from a mark 7lbs higher than his current rating in Ireland.
FRONTAL ASSAULT was last seen winning a Grade 3 Novice Hurdle at Navan over three-miles in the style of a really strong stayer.
MILL GREEN stayed on well into sixth in this race last year. He races here from the same mark as last season- only 6lb higher when winning at Sandown last February.
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MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE TRENDS
- 11 of the last 12 winners were 2nd season-hurdlers
- 9 of the last 10 winners either won or placed on their most recent start
- Irish have won 6 of the last 10 (5 making handicap debuts)
- The last three winners had top-weight
- All of the last 12 winners carried 11-1 or more
- 7 or the last 9 winners rated 139+
- 5 and 6 year-old have won 10 of last 12 runnings
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2021 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 19, 2021 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 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be £111,000.
Who won the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Indefatigable at SP of 25/1, trained by Paul Webber and ridden by Rex Dingle.
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 three times, more than any other trainer, with Gordon Elliott and Paul Nicholls both having won it twice.