Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle Tips, Trends, Odds & Preview – (Cheltenham Day 4 5.30pm)

Run over 2 miles 4½ furlongs on the New Course at Cheltenham, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle was established in 2009, when it replaced the traditional ‘Getting Out Stakes’, the County Handicap Hurdle, as the closing race of the Cheltenham Festival.

As the name suggests, the race is restricted to conditional jockeys or, in other words, professional jockeys aged under 26 who are yet to ride 75 winners.


Martin Pipe Handicap Odds

Sadlier 11/1bet365
Drop the Anchor14/1bet365
You Raised Me Up16/1bet365
Dreal Deal16/1William Hill
Blue Lord16/1William Hill
Pipesmoker16/1William Hill


Martin Pipe Preview

  • Wide Receiver
  • Damalisque
  • Benson
  • Tea Clipper


Wide Receiver

Co. Meath trainer Gordon Elliott has won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle twice before and is responsible for the current ante-post favourite, Wide Receiver (7/1), this time around. The Sholokov gelding winner has made steady progress since sent over hurdles in October and opened his account, at the fourth attempt, when keeping on well to beat stable companion Decimation in a 20-runner maiden hurdle at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. Interestingly, he is entered in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle earlier in the week – befitting a horse that cost £410,000 at the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale in February 2019 – but this looks a more straightforward opportunity. Elliott believes ‘he is better than his rating suggests’, so he looks a worthy favourite.



According to trainer Edward Harty, Damalisque (12/1) has ‘had his issues over the years’, but has been in good form since returning to hurdling, after an absence of more than two years, at Naas in November. Indeed, he was impressive when leading home a 1-2-3 for owner J.P. McManus in the valuable Navan Handicap Hurdle in late January. A 12lb rise in the weights makes life more difficult but, after just six starts over hurdles, the lightly-raced 8-year-old looks one to keep an eye on.



Benson (16/1) won his first three starts over hurdles, at or around 2 miles, following wind surgery in August. However, he appeared to find the minimum distance, even at a testing track like Ascot, an inadequate test of stamina when keeping on strongly to finish fourth in the Grade Three Betway Exchange Trophy in December. Dr. Richard Newland’s 6-year-old remains 10lb higher in the weights than when winning at Sandown on his penultimate start, but an extra half-a-mile or so should suit him admirably and he looks by no means impossibly handicapped.


Tea Clipper

At longer odds, Tea Clipper (33/1) probably doesn’t want the ground too soft but, nevertheless, remains a progressive young hurdler. He readily won the Grade 3 Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow on his reappearance and, although unable to confirm the form with runner-up Flash The Steel at Newbury next time, may have been too keen for his own good on that occasion. He has an excellent 4-6 record over hurdles, remains reasonably weighted and, with further improvement a distinct possibility, cannot be ruled out.


Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle Betting Tip

It doesn’t pay to be too dogmatic about any of the Festival handicaps, including this one, but Wide Receiver remains open to immeasurable improvement after just four starts over hurdles and is, frankly, hard to ignore.

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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Trends

Age – 10 of the last 12 winners have been aged 5 or 6.

Price – 1 of the 12 winners has been favourite, 3/12 winners have been in the top 3 in the betting.

Last Run – 6 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle, 11/12 winners ran within the last 52 days.

Previous Course Form – 7/11 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 2/12 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham.

Previous Distance Form – 11/12 winners had at least 1 previous run over 19-21 furlongs, 6/12 winners had at least 1 previous win over 19-21 furlongs.

Previous Hurdle Form – 11/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over hurdles, 12/12 winners had at least 1 previous win over hurdles, 8/12 had at least 2 previous wins over hurdles.

Rating – 12/12 winners had a rating of 133 or higher.

Season Form – 10/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs that season, 9/12 winners had at least 1 previous win that season.


Martin Pipe Past Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Andytown Felix De Giles Nicky Henderson
2010 Pause and Clause Johnny Farrelly Emma Lavelle
2011 Sir Des Champs Emmet Mullins Willie Mullins
2012 Attaglance Harry Haynes Malcolm Jefferson
2013 Salubrious Harry Derham Paul Nicholls
2014 Don Poli M P Fogarty Willie Mullins
2015 Killultagh Vic L P Dempsey Willie Mullins
2016 Ibis Du Rheu Jack Sherwood Paul Nicholls
2017 Champagne Classic J J Slevin Gordon Elliott
2018 Blow By Blow Donagh Meyler Gordon Elliott
2019 Early Doors Jonjo O’Neill Jr Joseph O’Brien
2020 Indefatigable Rex Dingle Paul Webber


Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle Result 2020

1st – Indefatigable (25/1)

2nd – Pileon (9/1)

3rd – Great White Shark (40/1)

4th – Happygolucky (25/1)


Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Tips

As we get ever closer to the Festival our tips will start to appear here for the following races on Tuesday 16th March 2021.

TimeRaceCurrent Odds
1.20pmSupreme Novices Hurdle25/1
1.55pmArkle Trophy4/5
2.30pmUltima Handicap22/1
3.05pmChampion Hurdle9/4
3.40pmMares Hurdle3/1
4.15pmBoodles Juvenile Hurdle25/1
4.50pmNational Hult Chase5/1


Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips

Get all our Cheltenham Festival 2020 day 2 tips here as we approach Wednesday 17th March.

TimeRaceCurrent Odds
1.20pmBallymore Novices' Hurdle5/1
1.55pmFestival Novices (RSA) Chase10/1
2.30pmCoral Cup16/1
3.05pmChampion Chase8/1
3.40pmCross Country25/1
4.15pmGrand Annual25/1
4.50pmChampion Bumper10/1


Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

Get the build-up to the third day of the Festival and ante-post tips for the following races:

TimeRaceCurrent Odds
1.20pmMarsh Novices' Hurdle10/11
1.55pmPertemps Network Final10/1
2.30pmRyanair Chase12/1
3.05pmStayers Hurdle4/1
3.40pmBrown Advisory Plate25/1
4.15pmMares' Novices Hurdle33/1
4.50pmKim Muir Handicap20/1


Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips

The last day of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival includes the Gold Cup on Friday 19th March 2021.

TimeRaceCurrent Odds
1.20pmJCB Triumph Hurdle10/1
1.55pmCounty Hurdle16/1
2.30pmAlbert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle25/1
3.05pmCheltenham Gold Cup7/2
3.40pmFoxhunter Steeplechase10/3
4.15pmMares Steeplechase10/1
4.50pm Martin Pipe Handicap11/1