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Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2020 Racecard

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle, for conditional jockeys, is run in the name of the 15-time champion trainer who saddled no fewer than 34 Cheltenham Festival winners. His son David Pipe is yet to win the race, however.

5:30

Friday 13 March

Distance: 20f 56y Age: 4yo + Prize: £70000 Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. BRAID BLUE (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-9
Landed 4-timer over hurdles last summer but not seen since excellent second in 21f novice here in October. Into handicaps now so must enter calculations. NON RUNNER.

2
jockey silks 2. INDEFATIGABLE (IRE)
J: Rex Dingle
T: Paul Webber
7
11-9
Arrives on the back of 21f mares listed win at Warwick last month and she can also boast a C&D victory too. Career-high mark to overcome back in handicap.
33 stars

3
jockey silks 3. FIVE O'CLOCK (FR)
J: C. P. McNamara
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-9
Opened account in 2m maiden at Limerick before following up in Grade 3 at Thurles, proving well suited by the step up to 21f. Still low mileage so well worth a look on handicap bow under good pilot.
44 stars

4
jockey silks 4. COLUMN OF FIRE (IRE)
J: E. Walsh
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
Low-mileage 6-y-o who easily landed novice at Punchestown before an excellent third of 28 in Leopardstown handicap. Firmly on the up and part of a strong Gordon Elliott challenge. Big player.
44 stars

5
jockey silks 5. ESPOIR DE ROMAY (FR)
J: Chester Williams
T: Kim Bailey
6
11-6
Progressive novice who impressively landed Wincanton handicap in January. Hiked 10 lb but type to go on improving so he must enter calculations for yard among the winners here this week.
33 stars

6
jockey silks 6. ASSEMBLE
J: Oakley Brown
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-5
Off the mark in Limerick maiden hurdle in the mud over this trip in December under Oakley Brown and just a neck behind stablemate Front View in Thurles Grade 3 last time. Wouldn't dismiss.
33 stars

7
jockey silks 7. DOCTOR DUFFY (IRE)
J: K. J. Brouder
T: Charles Byrnes, Ireland
7
11-4
Won 3 times at up to 25f over hurdles in first half of the season but has struggled in handicaps the last twice and needs more here.
22 stars

8
jockey silks 8. MILL GREEN
J: Joe Anderson
T: Nicky Henderson
8
11-4
Well prepared to make a winning return at Sandown (2m) at the turn of the year but shaped as if amiss in the Betfair Hurdle next time and this isn't any easier back up in trip.
22 stars

9
jockey silks 9. UMBRIGADO (IRE)
J: Jack Tudor
T: David Pipe
6
11-4
Dual hurdles winner who caught the eye on return in 3m Haydock handicap, not getting home, but proved a bit disappointing at Ascot next time and has headgear reached for back from 3 months off now.
33 stars

10
jockey silks 10. BIG BLUE
J: Luca Morgan
T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Australia
8
11-4
Smart Flat winner and fairly useful hurdler in Australia but hard to fancy on what he's shown in 2 runs in Europe this winter. First run beyond 2m.
11 stars

11
jockey silks 11. MY SISTER SARAH (IRE)
J: A. W. Short
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-4
Won good 3m handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in the spring but poor the last twice, taking a heavy fall at Leopardstown 6 weeks ago. Bit to prove.
22 stars

12
jockey silks 12. FRONT VIEW (FR)
J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
5
11-3
Chased home Envoi Allen on hurdles debut before scoring in good style at Cork (2m). Fine return after 3 months off in Thurles Grade 3 behind Five O'Clock and leading claims now switched to handicap.
55 stars

13
jockey silks 13. ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN (IRE)
J: D. J. O'Keeffe
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
6
11-3
Completed a fine Galway handicap hurdle double in the summer and ran well in competitive Leopardstown handicap over Christmas when last seen. No surprise to see a big run back up in trip.
44 stars

14
jockey silks 14. CLIFFS OF DOVER
J: Bryan Carver
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-3
Grade 2 winner in his younger days and scored for the first time over hurdles for more than 2 years at Exeter when last seen. This sort of trip should suit but he has a big absence to overcome.
22 stars

15
jockey silks 15. THE BOSSES OSCAR (IRE)
J: Mr S. F. O'Keeffe
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
11-2
Off the mark over hurdles over this trip at Leopardstown before running well at Thurles last month. Likely more to come from him now handicapping and another live Gordon Elliott contender.
44 stars

16
jockey silks 16. ANYTHING WILL DO (IRE)
J: Oakley Brown
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
5
11-2
Made a fine start over hurdles with 4 wins in first 5 starts but finished tamely upped to this trip at Thurles last time. Handicap debut for last year's successful yard.
22 stars

17
jockey silks 17. FLASH THE STEEL (IRE)
J: William Marshall
T: Dan Skelton
8
11-2
Impressive when making winning return in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow (19.4f) with Imperial Aura in third. Didn't stay 3m at Haydock next time and interesting after a break in first-time cheekpieces.
33 stars

18
jockey silks 18. PILEON (IRE)
J: Ben Jones
T: Philip Hobbs
6
11-2
Chased home Chantry House on hurdles debut here on return before winning impressively at Catterick and Ffos Las upped to this trip. More to come and could do some real damage from opening mark of 138.
44 stars

19
jockey silks 19. RUTHLESS ARTICLE (IRE)
J: Richard Patrick
T: Rebecca Curtis
7
11-2
Made hay earlier this season, winning for the third time in a novice at Newton Abbot (21.6f) in September. Well held in C&D Grade 2 first start since in January and his mark looks stiff.
22 stars

20
jockey silks 20. THOMAS MACDONAGH
J: Page Fuller
T: Jamie Snowden
7
11-1
Improved well to win 3 times before Christmas at around this trip and has had a wind operation since shaping as if amiss in Doncaster Grade 2 7 weeks ago. More needed off revised mark.
22 stars

21
jockey silks 21. ECCO
J: Lorcan Williams
T: Paul Nicholls
5
11-1
Dual novice winner at Wincanton and Ascot who wasn't disgraced when in midfield on his handicap bow in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last time. This isn't much easier up in trip.
33 stars

22
jockey silks 22. HAPPYGOLUCKY (IRE)
J: Stan Sheppard
T: Kim Bailey
6
11-1
Forged clear to make a winning start over hurdles at Stratford (22f) in October before good efforts in defeat in Grade 2s. Could have more to offer now handicapping and 1 of 2 for in-form Kim Bailey.
33 stars

23
jockey silks 23. EVERYBREATHYOUTAKE (IRE)
J: Gavin Peter Brouder
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-1
Won 3 times in novice events last summer at up to 23f. Couldn't find a hotter race for him to start out in handicaps in after 152 days off, but folly to dismiss all the same.
33 stars

24
jockey silks 24. GREAT WHITE SHARK (FR)
J: D. J. McInerney
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-0
Did well at Galway last summer, winning a big Flat handicap and third in hot handicap hurdle. Signs of a revival at Leopardstown last month and you couldn't rule out a good run.
33 stars

25
jockey silks 25. ESCARIA TEN (FR)
J: Fergus Gregory
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-0
His maiden form is strong and he's won both his starts since upped to 3m in the mud, impressing at Ayr last time. More to come in handicaps.
33 stars

Analyst's Verdict

FRONT VIEW represents last year's winning connections and with Jonjo O'Neill booked everything looks set for a huge run from the promising 5-y-o. His old rival Five O'Clock likely has a bigger effort in him also and demands close attention. Pileon, with the excellent Ben Jones up, looks the clear pick of the British challengers. Column of Fire heads up the Gordon Elliott battalion.

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is a race for conditional jockeys that is run on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival. As well as having to be a conditional jockey in order to enter the race, the horse entered must be aged four years or older.

The race is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about two miles and four and a half furlongs. During this handicap race, there are a total of 9 hurdles to be jumped.

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is the penultimate race at the Cheltenham Festival. First run in 2009, it is named after the highly successful National Hunt trainer, Martin Pipe, who retired in 2006.

Whilst no horse or jockey has won this race more than once, trainer Willie Mullins has an excellent record in this race with three winners; Sir Des Champs (2011), Don Poli (2014) and Killultagh Vic (2015).

Gordon Elliott was denied his third consecutive winner in 2019 to draw even with Mullins, as Dallas des Pictons was overhauled late on by Early Doors who was going two places better than when third in the 2018 renewal.

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Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

2 miles and 4 and a half furlongs

How many obstacles are jumped in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

9

What day of the festival is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

Day 4

What time is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

17:30

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.

What is the purse for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

£70,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

No jockey has won the race more than once

Who is the leading trainer in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

Willie Mullins

Who won the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

You can check out our Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

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