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Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2022 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 Fri 18 Mar MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE

Distance: 20f 56y Age: 4yo + Prize: £75,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

ADAMANTLY CHOSEN is highly progressive and goes through his races like one who will be suited by the nature of this event, so he gets the nod in front of Chemical Energy, who fits a similar mould. Needless to say, there's a whole host of other interesting contenders from Ireland, while Langer Dan (second in last year's renewal) looks the pick of the British contingent.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. THE VERY MAN (IRE)
J: Conor Orr
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
8
11-10
* *
* *
Useful hurdler who looked as good as ever when scoring at Navan 55 days ago. Had nothing to spare, however, so he's likely to prove vulnerable to less-exposed types.
2
jockey silks 2. HOLLOW GAMES (IRE)
J: Jordan Colin Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-9
* * * *
* * * *
Successful on his first 4 starts under Rules, then gave it his all in a couple of Grade 1 events since, third to Minella Cocooner on latest occasion. Bold showing expected from this tough sort.
3
jockey silks 3. ADAMANTLY CHOSEN (IRE)
J: Richard Deegan
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-8
* * * * *
* * * * *
Bumper winner who opened his hurdling account at the first attempt by a wide margin at Thurles last month. More to come up in trip, and smooth-travelling style should suit this type of race.
4
jockey silks 4. FIVE O'CLOCK (FR)
J: Jack Foley
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-7
* * *
* * *
Single-figure price when a creditable seventh in this event a couple of years ago. Hasn't been seen since, but he's 4 lb lower now and, given the ability of his trainer, would be dangerous to dismiss.
5
jockey silks 5. GRAND JURY (FR)
J: H. Morgan
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
11-7
* * *
* * *
Useful in bumpers and built on hurdling debut win when runner-up in Naas Grade 1 in January. Laboured effort subsequently, but expected to get back on track.
6
jockey silks 6. THE GOFFER (IRE)
J: Sam Ewing
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
11-6
* * * *
* * * *
Has improved with each run over hurdles and displayed a likeable attitude to land a Grade 3 event at Thurles in late February. Type to do better still, so makes the shortlist.
7
jockey silks 7. DECIMATION (IRE)
J: M. P. O'Connor
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-6
* * * *
* * * *
Useful hurdler in excellent hands, and travelled as well as any (seemingly needed the run) when seventh at Fairyhouse on handicap/seasonal debut. Likely to build on that, so well respected.
8
jockey silks 8. EARLOFTHECOTSWOLDS (FR)
J: Jordan Nailor
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
8
11-5
* * *
* * *
Looked resurgent when completing a double over hurdles in November. Just respectable effort the following month but he scored cosily on the Flat 6 days ago. Others are better treated.
9
jockey silks 9. ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN (IRE)
J: S. D. Torrens
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
8
11-4
* * *
* * *
Useful hurdler/chaser who scored twice over the larger obstacles before being let down by his jumping on his latest couple of outings. Return to hurdling makes sense after an 81-day break.
10
jockey silks 10. LANGER DAN (IRE)
J: Lorcan Williams
T: Dan Skelton
6
11-3
* * * *
* * * *
Runner-up in this event last year and probably having a pipe-opener when last of 6 at Taunton on sole start since 24 days ago. Dropped 3 lb since, so set for another bold bid if things drop right.
11
jockey silks 11. BANBRIDGE (IRE)
J: M. M. McDonagh
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
11-3
* * * *
* * * *
Likeable type who got back on the up when readily landing a 7-runner minor event at Navan from Au Fleuron 55 days ago. Return to this trip will suit, and should benefit from a well-run race.
12
jockey silks 12. HES A HARDY BLOKE (IRE)
J: E. Walsh
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
7
11-3
* * *
* * *
Useful hurdler who hasn't disgraced himself in a couple of competitive handicaps the last twice. Step up in trip promises to suit, so he's no forlorn hope.
13
jockey silks 13. CHEMICAL ENERGY (IRE)
J: Shane Fitzgerald
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-3
* * * *
* * * *
Dual bumper winner who boasts a progressive profile over timber. Relished the return to this trip when scoring at Fairyhouse in November, and a mark of 137 looks fair. Respected.
14
jockey silks 14. AU FLEURON (FR)
J: K. Brogan
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
11-3
* * *
* * *
Off the mark at Navan in December and good placed efforts subsequently, third in a listed event at Punchestown on latest. This trip looks ideal, so there's scope for a bigger effort.
15
jockey silks 15. COBBLERS DREAM (IRE)
J: Jack Andrews
T: Ben Case
6
11-2
* * *
* * *
Upwardly mobile novice hurdler who made a winning start in handicaps at Doncaster and followed up in the Lanzarote at Kempton a couple of months ago. The form isn't working out, but hard to dismiss.
16
jockey silks 16. I A CONNECT (IRE)
J: Fergus Gregory
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-2
* * * *
* * * *
Progressive, likeable front-runner who doubled his account over hurdles when scoring at Punchestown 115 days ago. Fluent jumping will hold him in good stead, so one to consider.
17
jockey silks 17. QUINTA DO MAR (IRE)
J: Luca Morgan
T: Ben Pauling
7
11-1
* * *
* * *
Ready winner of handicaps at Carlisle and Fontwell this winter and has remained in top form since, likely to have been placed had he not fallen at the last in the Lanzarote at Kempton 2 months ago.
18
jockey silks 18. FREEDOM TO DREAM (FR)
J: Liam Harrison
T: Peter Fahey, Ireland
7
11-1
* * *
* * *
Winner at Punchestown in November and arrives with an upwardly-mobile profile after a respectable fourth in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown in February. 135 looks fair, so not a forlorn hope.
19
jockey silks 19. PERFECT ATTITUDE
J: Jack Tudor
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-1
* * *
* * *
Fairly useful hurdler who ran well when third in a minor event at Limerick 82 days ago. Lightly raced and has an able partner, so no surprise if he puts in a big effort.
20
jockey silks 20. HERBIERS (FR)
J: Theo Gillard
T: Oliver Greenall
5
11-0
* * *
* * *
Successful 3 times in a very productive juvenile campaign and back to winning ways in 19.5f Doncaster handicap in November. Good fourth at Kempton recently and might not have finished progressing.
21
jockey silks 21. LUCKY MAX (GER)
J: Peter Kavanagh
T: Sean Thomas Doyle, Ireland
6
11-0
* * *
* * *
Three-time winner already this season and was right back on track when seventh from an unpromising position at Leopardstown 40 days ago. Could get involved if everything drops right.
22
jockey silks 22. RESERVE TANK (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Colin Tizzard
8
10-12
Useful hurdler/chaser but has been struggling badly of late, so would be most surprising were he to get involved in this. NON RUNNER.
23
jockey silks 23. SILVER SHEEN
J: R. J. Condon
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
8
10-12
*
*
Rattled off a hat-trick in 2019-20, but yet to fire over both sets of obstacles this term. Very hard to make a case for.
24
jockey silks 24. BIGZ BELIEF (IRE)
J: L. A. McKenna
T: Matthew J. Smith, Ireland
5
10-12
* *
* *
Front runner who very much had the run of things when scraping home at Naas 47 days ago. Will face much more competition up front this time, so hard to imagine him lasting out.
25
jockey silks 25. PARTY BUSINESS (IRE)
J: Charlie Todd
T: Ian Williams
6
10-12
* * *
* * *
Landed a 21.6f Ascot maiden, then fell 2 out when going well in the Challow at Newbury. Excuses (struck into) at Warwick next time, and remains with potential after a couple of months off.

Betting Forecast : 13/2 6.5 LANGER DAN, 7/1 7 HOLLOW GAMES, 17/2 8.5 ADAMANTLY CHOSEN, 10/1 10 CHEMICAL ENERGY, 16/1 16 I A CONNECT, 18/1 18 FIVE O'clock, 20/1 20 BANBRIDGE, 20/1 20 AU FLEURON, 20/1 20 THE GOFFER, 22/1 22 COBBLERS DREAM, 28/1 28 GRAND JURY, 33/1 33 DECIMATION, 33/1 33 FREEDOM TO DREAM, 33/1 33 HERBIERS, 33/1 33 PERFECT ATTITUDE, 33/1 33 PARTY BUSINESS, 40/1 40 ILIKEDWAYURTHINKIN, 40/1 40 THE VERY MAN, 50/1 50 QUINTA DO MAR, 66/1 66 EARLOFTHECOTSWOLDS, 66/1 66 BIGZ BELIEF, 66/1 66 HES A HARDY BLOKE, 66/1 66 LUCKY MAX, 100/1 100 SILVER SHEEN, 499/1 499 SOLWARA ONE

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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NEXT RACE SMART STATS

22% Dr Richard Newland's strike rate with hurdlers running between 2m2f and up to 2m6f (saddles CALL THE FAIRIES)
25% Dr Richard Newland's strike rate in summer (saddles CALL THE FAIRIES)
28% Brian Hughes's strike rate when riding a hurdle as their only ride at the meeting (rides TOUGHASOLDBOOTS)
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