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Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2021 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.

4:50 Fri 19 Mar MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE

Distance: 20f 56y Age: 4yo + Prize: £52,500 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

It was by no means the most competitive Imperial Cup LANGER DAN landed on Saturday, but the manner of that success was hard to ignore. He's clearly ahead of the game under a 5 lb penalty, and while his stamina for this far isn't copper-bottomed, he's worth siding with. Willie Mullins pair Gentleman de Mee and Galopin des Champs aren't thrown-in on what we've seen but they command serious respect.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
jockey silks 1. FLOUEUR (FR)
J: Paul O'Brien
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-10
* * *
* * *
Failed to take to chasing to end 2020 but right back on his game when sixth in a deep handicap at Navan in January. Since moved yards and mark isn't overly harsh.
2
jockey silks 2. EGLANTINE DU SEUIL (FR)
J: Bryan Carver
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-10
* *
* *
Smart hurdler for Willie Mullins and back on track for this yard when second of 8 in a C&D handicap in December. Disappointing twice since but return to big-field handicap scenario will suit.
3
jockey silks 3. LEONCAVALLO (IRE)
J: Fergus Gillard
T: David Pipe
9
11-9
* * *
* * *
Useful hurdler for Dr Richard Newland. Chase/Flat winner for this yard last summer before running well for long way when sixth in Cesarewitch in October. Presumably been saved for this.
4
jockey silks 4. DALLAS DES PICTONS (FR)
J: Fergus Gregory
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
8
11-9
* *
* *
Runner-up in this race from 2 lb lower in 2019 so has it in him to be very competitive, but the wheels have come off in recent times. Plenty to prove in a change of headgear.
5
jockey silks 5. GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (FR)
J: S. F. O'Keeffe
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-9
* * * *
* * * *
Made winning debut in France in May and best effort for this yard when sixth to Appreciate It in Chanelle Pharma Novices' Hurdle at Leopardstown last time. Step up in trip will suit now handicapping.
6
jockey silks 6. AMOUR DE NUIT (IRE)
J: Angus Cheleda
T: Paul Nicholls
9
11-8
* * *
* * *
Made light of 20-month absence when landing 20f Plumpton handicap in November. Solid in-frame efforts the next twice and heavy ground perhaps to blame for Taunton flop.
7
jockey silks 7. GABYNAKO (FR)
J: C. P. McNamara
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
6
11-8
* * *
* * *
Big-field maiden winner in the mud at Naas in November. Handed a stiff mark and finished mid-field at Leopardstown last month so must improve for extra emphasis on stamina.
8
jockey silks 8. AND THE NEW (IRE)
J: Mitchell Bastyan
T: Johnny Farrelly
10
11-7
* * *
* * *
Shaped well in a 3m course handicap in December and made all back over 19.8f at Wincanton last month. Ticked over on the AW since but revised mark asks for more.
9
jockey silks 9. MILL GREEN
J: Joe Anderson
T: Nicky Henderson
9
11-7
* * *
* * *
Useful hurdler who produced a career best when sixth in this a year ago. Same mark here and arrives on the back of a fair chase debut at Newbury.
10
jockey silks 10. PILEON (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Philip Hobbs
7
11-7
Agonising reversal in this race a year ago. Looked anything but a natural twice over fences and return to hurdling failed to arrest the slide at Ascot. Big turnaround needed. NON RUNNER.
11
jockey silks 11. GENTLEMAN DE MEE (FR)
J: S. D. Torrens
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-6
* * * *
* * * *
Runner-up twice for Guillaume Macaire in 2019 and landed the odds in comfortable fashion on last month's reappearance at Naas. Form nothing out of the ordinary but he may improve a lot. Hooded.
12
jockey silks 12. FIRE ATTACK (IRE)
J: Oakley Brown
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-5
* * *
* * *
Fell in Moscow Flyer Novices' Hurdle at Punchestown in January but showed no ill effects back there last month, shaping better than the result having stumbled. Tongue tie added on handicap debut.
13
jockey silks 13. COMMANDINGPRESENCE (IRE)
J: H. Morgan
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-4
* * *
* * *
Punchestown debut winner in September. Looked set to follow up in listed company the following month, only to fall at the last and then found 3m too much of a test. Handicap debut after a break.
14
jockey silks 14. FIRST LORD DE CUET (FR)
J: Page Fuller
T: David Pipe
7
11-4
* * *
* * *
Gained reward for a string of consistent efforts when landing 21.4f handicap at Wincanton a month ago. 10 lb rise demands another jolt of progress.
15
jockey silks 15. FABULOUS SAGA (FR)
J: Rex Dingle
T: Paul Nicholls
9
11-4
* *
* *
Useful novice hurdler for Willie Mullins in 2017/18 but off for over 3 years prior to pulling up in a novice chase here in December. Readily brushed aside back in a handicap and now back in trip.
16
jockey silks 16. WHATSUPWITHYOU (IRE)
J: Luca Morgan
T: Ben Pauling
7
11-3
* *
* *
Winner of an Ascot maiden hurdle on Rules debut last season. Best effort since when runner-up over 21f here in November, but not in the same form at Kempton next time and needs to raise his game.
17
jockey silks 17. CLONDAW CIAN (IRE)
J: Sean Houlihan
T: Sophie Leech
11
11-3
* *
* *
One-time useful hurdler/chaser who gained second win of the season in France in November. Hard to be confident he's up to being competitive from this sort of mark these days.
18
jockey silks 18. FRONTAL ASSAULT (IRE)
J: Jordan Colin Gainford
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
6
11-3
* * *
* * *
Made first start in Graded company a winning one in a small-field affair at Navan a month ago (3m). Not easy to argue he's well treated back in a handicap.
19
jockey silks 19. DREAM BERRY (FR)
J: K. Brogan
T: Jonjo O'Neill
10
11-2
* *
* *
Lightly raced in recent seasons but enhanced good record fresh when third on 20.5f Market Rasen reappearance in October. Not in the same form twice since, though, and others more persuasive.
20
jockey silks 20. DOLCIANO DICI (FR)
J: Patrick Cowley
T: Brian Barr
8
11-2
*
*
Failed to win a race for Willie Mullins. Last of 6 in a jumpers bumper on stable debut last month and this is asking a lot. Headgear back on.
21
jockey silks 21. ADJALI (GER)
J: Ben Ffrench Davis
T: Nicky Henderson
6
11-2
* * *
* * *
Smart juvenile hurdler in 2018/19. Things haven't gone to plan in light career since, though did offer a lot more when runner-up over fences at Ludlow recently. Well-run race may find him out.
22
jockey silks 22. LANGER DAN (IRE)
J: Lorcan Williams
T: Dan Skelton
5
11-2
* * * * *
* * * * *
Useful juvenile last term, listed winner at Wetherby and fine sixth in Fred Winter. Confirmed promise of Market Rasen run when a decisive winner of the Imperial Cup and looks well-in under a penalty.
23
jockey silks 23. GOLDEN TAIPAN (IRE)
J: Ben Godfrey
T: Fergal O'Brien
7
11-0
* *
* *
Scored 3 times in maiden/novice hurdles last season and showed a good turn of foot to come out on top in jumpers bumper last month. Unable to continue good work at Newbury and stamina to prove here.
24
jockey silks 24. MARTINHAL (IRE)
J: Richard Patrick
T: David Pipe
6
11-0
* * *
* * *
Heavy-ground bumper winner who is going the right way over hurdles, landing maiden and novice events at Exeter this winter. Different underfoot conditions to contend with on handicap bow up in trip.
25
jockey silks 25. FOLCANO (FR)
J: Ben Jones
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
6
10-13
* * *
* * *
Point winner who didn't need to improve on a brace of runner-up efforts in January to get off the mark under Rules at Fairyhouse last month. Opening mark stiff on the face of it. RESERVE.

Betting Forecast : 6/1 6 GENTLEMAN DE MEE, 7/1 7 LANGER DAN, 8/1 8 GALOPIN DES CHAMPS, 14/1 14 GABYNAKO, 18/1 18 FLOUEUR, 20/1 20 FIRE ATTACK, 22/1 22 ADJALI, 22/1 22 FRONTAL ASSAULT, 25/1 25 MARTINHAL, 25/1 25 FOLCANO, 28/1 28 LEONCAVALLO, 28/1 28 MILL GREEN, 28/1 28 FIRST LORD DE CUET, 33/1 33 AMOUR DE NUIT, 33/1 33 AND THE NEW, 33/1 33 EGLANTINE DU SEUIL, 33/1 33 DALLAS DES PICTONS, 33/1 33 COMMANDINGPRESENCE, 40/1 40 GOLDEN TAIPAN, 40/1 40 WHATSUPWITHYOU, 50/1 50 DREAM BERRY, 66/1 66 FABULOUS SAGA, 80/1 80 CLONDAW CIAN, 125/1 125 DOLCIANO DICI, 499/1 499 NIGHTBOATTOCLYRO

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 2022 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 (2019)

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.

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