Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle Tips, Trends, Odds & Preview – (Cheltenham Day 4 4.50pm)

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 Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle Betting Tip

Before we turn our attention to Cheltenham 2023 Antepost Punting there is the small matter of the “Boys Race” for Conditional Jockeys. Previous winners Don Slowly Poli, Champagne Classic, Sir Des Champs and Killutagh Vic would suggest that you are looking for a horse that will turn into a graded staying chaser. (Don’t get me started on Galopin Des Champs not going 3m).

This is further backed up by 9/10 winners being aged 5 or 6 and 8/10 having had no more than 8 hurdles starts. This last stat would count against Langer Dan who is undoubtedly well handicapped on his second in the race last year. There is also no doubt that State Man off 141 is of interest (in fact I would give him an outside squeak in a Supreme Novices Hurdle of this standard so I would have to fancy him of 141) and Richie Deegan was an eye-catching jockey booking last time out. However, he is one with multiple entries and so I will hold fire on him for now.

Gordon Elliot is always a man to look out for in this race and he could run 5 or 6. The Goffer is certainly a staying chaser in the making, although maybe not a graded one and Hollow Games will attract support if he goes here but I have been hugely disappointed by him in his last 2 starts. CHEMICAL ENERGY (8/1) is the one I have liked for this for a long time. He was a classy bumper horse and while he disappointed in the Champion Bumper last year, perhaps that just came a little early in his career. He will appreciate good ground and I think that this has been the plan all year. If Jordan Gainsford is Booked, LUMP!

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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

2.50pmDoes He Know7/1Read
3.30pmTeahupoo (EW) & Not So Sleepy (EW)8/1 & 100/1Read
4.50pmGaelic Warrior11/4Read
5.30pmRun Wild Fred7/2Read


Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Tips

2.50pmGowel Road14/1Read
4.50pmBefore Midnight16/1Read
5.30pmAmerican Mike3/1Read


Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

4.10pmCelebre D'Allen6/1Read
5.30pmOmar Maretti14/1Read


Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips

2.10pmWest Cork8/1Read
3.30pmMinella Indo & Toronado Flyer5/1 & 12/1Read
4.10pmBob and Co8/1Read
5.30pm Chemical Energy8/1Read