This race is named after the prolific National Hunt trainer Martin Pipe (34 Cheltenham Festival winners) who retired in 2006. It is open to horses aged 4yo and above and is restricted to conditional jockeys that have less than 75 wins under racing rules. Conditions can play a big part in how this race pans out because, depending on the weather, is the ground could be cut up if there's been bad weather plus the fact that 3 hurdles races have already taken place earlier in the afternoon.
The race may give an indication as to the future champion jockeys and is often contested by horses that have run well in the previous years Coral Cup and it showed the importance of course form. The fact that Willie Mullins has won this three times, Paul Nicholls twice and Gordon Elliott once in the last eight years tells you this race often falls to a well laid out improving young hurdler.
5.30 : Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m4f56yds
11/11: Won over hurdles (100%)
11/11: Rated 133 or higher (100%)
10/11: Aged 5 or 6yo (91%)
10/11: Ran within the last 52 days (91%)
10/11: At least 1 previous run over 20/21 furlongs (91%)
10/11: At least 3 previous runs over hurdles (91%)
..9/11: At least 3 previous runs that season (82%)
..8/11: Previously won that season (73%)
..7/11: Recorded 2 previous wins or more over hurdles (64%)
..6/11: Ran at Cheltenham previously (55%)
..5/11: At least 1 previous win over 20/21 furlongs (45%)
..5/11: Won on last run (45%)
..3/11: Top 3 in the betting (27%)
..1/11: Winning favourites (9%)
Winning favourites in handicap hurdles:11-56 for 20% (-20.38)
The top 2 trends show 22/22 for 100% and the top 6 show 62/66 for 94% so a good first filter.
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The Racing Horse Verdict
1st: COLUMN OF FIRE 13/2 (Fell at last - going to win) 2nd: Front View 4/1 (12th) 3rd: Escaria Ten 16/1 (15th) 4th: Espoir De Romay 25/1 (13th)
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