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Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

17:30 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-18

Winner: £39022.5

Runners: 23

Going: Good To Soft

No. of hurdles: 10

Distance: 2m4f56y

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The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle is the final race of the Cheltenham Festival, taking place at 5.30pm on day four. It was established in 2009 and is named in honour of Martin Pipe, a 15-time champion trainer who retired in 2006 with 34 victories at the festival. As the title suggests, it is open only to conditional jockeys - professional riders who are still at the start of their careers. Check the Martin Pipe runners and riders ahead of the big race and place your bets by clicking the odds buttons.

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NR(0)
0-3116
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Earlofthecotswolds

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T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
8
11-5
139
151
In good form switched to the Flat this year, winning AW contests at Kempton the last twice; comfortably held at Kempton on Boxing Day when bidding for a hurdles hat-trick and faces a tough assignment back under this code; acts on soft; overall, he's more exposed than many of these rivals.
9(0)
-01130
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Ilikedwayurthinkin

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J: Simon Torrens
T: Gavin Cromwell
8
11-4
138
147
Campaigned mainly over fences this term, winning twice in the autumn (once on soft) but well held in hot handicap when last seen in December; not disgraced (eighth off 1lb higher) in this contest two years ago despite meeting early trouble; looks more exposed at this point, however.
1(0)
3U45P1
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The Very Man

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J: Conor Orr
T: Mrs John Harrington
8
11-10
144
147
Has the trends on his side, as the last four winners of this race were at the head of the weights (they all carried 11-10 or 11-9); successful at Navan (2m4f, yielding; only third run for new yard) in January and that form has been boosted by the runner-up since; one to consider.
4(0)
/2117/
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Five O'Clock

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J: Jack Foley
T: W P Mullins
7
11-7
141
150
Absent since finishing seventh (off 4lb higher; prominent in betting) on soft ground in this race two years ago, running creditably despite a spot of bother going out on the second circuit; progressive on the whole and market support should be heeded on belated return to action.
23(0)
-50065
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Silver Sheen

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J: Richard Condon
T: Mrs John Harrington
8
10-12
132
144
Landed 3m1f Pertemps qualifier at Warwick (soft) two seasons ago, completing a hat-trick; off for a year and generally nowhere near that form since; enough to prove back down in trip with first-time blinkers replacing cheekpieces.
NR(0)
52FP8P
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Reserve Tank

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T: Colin Tizzard
8
10-12
132
151
Won twice on soft in 2019; formerly smart over hurdles/fences and he looks very well treated on that old form; however, has become unreliable and failed to shine back hurdling the last twice; risky proposition.
7(0)
212-37
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Decimation

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J: Mike O'Connor
T: Henry De Bromhead
7
11-6
140
150
Close second in Grade 2 novice hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m4f, yielding) last April; has not repeated that form in his two starts since, seventh in Fairyhouse handicap (soft) on return from ten-month break latest; something to prove off this mark.
17(0)
4-114F
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Quinta Do Mar

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J: Luca Morgan
T: Ben Pauling
7
11-1
135
149
Fairly useful form in handicaps this season, including two wins over 2m1f; in the process of running creditably when final-flight faller in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, soft) last time; needs a career best to win this prize, however.
12(0)
110-68
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Hes A Hardy Bloke

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J: E Walsh
T: Noel Meade
7
11-3
137
148
Has raced at only 2m when over hurdles; this longer trip is worth exploring as he's a 3m point winner and bred to be suited by 2m4f+; however, looks a weak contender on handicap form and isn't obviously well treated.
24(0)
-0P031
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Bigz Belief

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J: Liam McKenna
T: Matthew J Smith
5
10-12
132
144
Regained the winning thread over the extended 1m7f at Naas on latest start, having been able to dictate the pace; ran creditably on heavy time before; unlikely to get such an easy lead in this field and isn't crying out for the step back up in distance.
10(0)
5412-6
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Langer Dan

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J: Lorcan Williams
T: Dan Skelton
6
11-3
137
155
Rock-solid effort off just 2lb lower in this race last year (good to soft), comfortably beating all bar Galopin Des Champs who was evidently very well treated and has advertised the form massively since; had won the Imperial Cup (soft) six days earlier; very interesting back here with last month's reappearance under his belt.
18(0)
32/124
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Freedom To Dream

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J: Liam Harrison
T: Peter Fahey
7
11-1
135
142
Scored over 2m5f at Punchestown (hurdles debut) on return from long absence; subsequently not disgraced in Limerick Grade 2 (2m7f, heavy) or 2m6f Leopardstown Grade 1; seems held by Hollow Games on latest effort but may be capable of more improvement; still has very low mileage.
16(0)
3-1121
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I A Connect

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J: Fergus Gregory
T: Gordon Elliott
7
11-2
136
146
2m4f bumper winner last summer, then had a record of 121 at about 2m over hurdles in the autumn; made all at Punchestown on last appearance, just holding on from Surprise Package who gave the form a timely boost when running away with the Imperial Cup last Saturday; should be suited by this step back up in trip; unraced on softer than yielding; looks well handicapped.
11(0)
111471
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Banbridge

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J: M M McDonagh
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
6
11-3
137
148
Won 2m novice hurdle at Navan in January, taking hurdles record to 3-5 (first two hurdle wins were on soft); better than bare result (met trouble) in big-field handicap at Leopardstown the time before; scored over 2m5f last summer and he's bred to relish this step back up in distance; open to further improvement.
2(0)
1-1133
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Hollow Games

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J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
6
11-9
143
146
Grade 3 winner at Navan in November, taking career record to 5-5; creditable third in Grade 1 novice hurdles at Naas (2m4f, soft) and Leopardstown (2m6f, yielding) since; brings a very useful level of form to this handicap debut and may well have more to offer; tongue-tie applied; solid chance.
20(0)
1-P414
silk
Herbiers

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J: Theo Gillard
T: Oliver Greenall
5
11-0
134
148
Won on soft last February; has been upped in distance (from 2m) the last twice, winning over 2m3f at Doncaster then seemingly outstayed over 2m5f at Kempton; far from sure to get home over this stiff 2m4f in hotter company.
13(0)
40-121
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Chemical Energy

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J: Shane Fitzgerald
T: Gordon Elliott
6
11-3
137
145
One of his bumper wins was on yielding to soft; well held in last year's Champion Bumper; solid record over hurdles in the autumn, with second in 2m Grade 3 flanked by a pair of 2m4f wins (all three on good), latest at Fairyhouse under Shane Fitzgerald; brought fresh for this major prize and should be well primed for it; open to further progress; appealing type.
21(0)
-11187
silk
Lucky Max

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J: Peter Kavanagh
T: Sean Thomas Doyle
6
11-0
134
145
Campaigned in 2m handicap hurdles this term; hat-trick on heavy/soft caused him to shoot up the weights and last two efforts suggest the assessor has caught up with him; longer trip today and others look better treated.
5(0)
1-4126
silk
Grand Jury

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J: Hugh Morgan
T: Henry De Bromhead
6
11-7
141
147
Justified favouritism at Punchestown on debut over hurdles; pitched into Grade 1 novice events since, running well at Naas (soft) where he finished just in front of Hollow Games, then well behind same rival when disappointing at Leopardstown; tongue-tie applied; may still have more to offer.
19(0)
3-1253
silk
Perfect Attitude

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J: Jack Tudor
T: Gordon Elliott
6
11-1
135
143
Seemed a non-stayer over 3m on penultimate outing; respectable form at 2m/2m4f otherwise this season, most recently third at Limerick (heavy) in December; needs to find improvement but being fresh may suit (sole win came after a layoff); one of six runners for this stable.
15(0)
-13211
silk
Cobblers Dream

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J: Jack Andrews
T: Ben Case
6
11-2
136
150
Progressive novice hurdler who is 2-2 since switched to handicaps, recording comfortable wins at Doncaster (under Jack Andrews) and Kempton (2m5f, soft; the Lanzarote); this is a harder task off new mark but he has an attractive profile and may improve further.
25(0)
2-81F5
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Party Business

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J: Charlie Todd
T: Ian Williams
6
10-12
132
147
Opened his account at Ascot (2m5f) then was in the process of running well when falling two out in the Challow (soft) later in December; had a physical excuse (struck into) when below-par favourite in Warwick Grade 2 in January; this novice is still unexposed.
14(0)
1-4123
silk
Au Fleuron

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J: Kevin Brogan
T: Gordon Elliott
5
11-3
137
144
Bought for £220,000 after his bumper win for previous yard; progressive over hurdles until his Listed defeat on heavy going at Punchestown last month; ties in closely with Banbridge on Navan form in January on yielding; now goes back up in distance; should do better still and can't be dismissed.
6(0)
71441
silk
The Goffer

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J: Sam Ewing
T: Gordon Elliott
5
11-6
140
143
Improving novice hurdler who is 2-3 over 2m4f, most recently bagging Grade 3 honours at Thurles (soft) in a race that the same yard's Blow By Blow won in 2018 before following up in this contest; admittedly the form looks substandard for that Thurles event but he still looks interesting.
3(0)
1221
silk
Adamantly Chosen

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J: Richard Deegan
T: W P Mullins
5
11-8
142
149
Solid record at about 2m, most recently easily making all in a maiden on yielding at Thurles and taking overall form figures to 1221 (debut win came in bumper); runner-up on heavy on penultimate start; bred to be suited by this longer distance; should have plenty more left in the locker; shortlisted.

RACING POST TIP

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Chemical Energy
Langer Dan beat all bar a handicap good thing in this race 12 months ago and appears to have a strong chance off just 2lb higher this time round, although he faces several interesting novice hurdlers from the Mullins and Elliott yards that have won this contest five times in the last eight years. CHEMICAL ENERGY, I A Connect and Hollow Games are particularly strong contenders for the Cullentra team, in that order of preference. Chemical Energy, who is 2-2 over this trip, and I A Connect are fresh horses who should be well primed for this prize, while Hollow Games brings a high level of form. The other Elliott runners can't be dismissed, while Adamantly Chosen and Five O'Clock fly the flag for Closutton. Some of the other Irish contestants also have possibilities. The aforementioned Langer Dan and the improving Cobblers Dream look best of the British runners.

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