Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips

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The final race at the Cheltenham Festival is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle.

This two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle for amateur and conditional jockeys was moved to the final slot on Day 4 in 2019, and will take place on Friday 17th March in 2023.

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2024 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips

As the possible runners become clearer, we provide Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle tips. You can find the latest tips from the final field.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Key Facts

DateFriday March 15, 2024
Distance2m 4f
StatusClass 2
Prize Money£70,000
Age4YO +

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle History

The Conditional Jockey's Handicap Hurdle was added to the Cheltenham Festival schedule in 2009.

As the name suggests, only amateur and conditional jockeys are eligible to ride in the race. Only horses rated 145 or below will be able to enter.

The race is named in honour of legendary trainer Martin Pipe, who trained 34 Cheltenham Festival winners and was crowned Champion Trainer a record 15 times. The race is now commonly referred to as the Martin Pipe.

Nicky Henderson celebrated victory in the inaugural running of the Martin Pipe, with six-year-old Andytown coming out on top. 

Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer in the race, saddling three winners between 2011 and '15.

Gordon Elliott, who was mentored by Martin Pipe during the early stages of his career, has targetted the race in recent seasons. Elliott has won the race twice, while also finishing second and third behind Early Doors in 2019.

Elliott looked set for a third win in the Martin Pipe in 2020, as Column Of Fire powered into contention. Elliott's charge then shockingly fell at the last, allowing Paul Webber's Indefatigable to come through and claim a surprise win.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Cheltenham 2024 FAQs

When is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is the seventh and final race on Day Four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday, March 15th. It is the last race of the entire Cheltenham meeting.

What time is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Cheltenham is due off at 17:30 GMT on Friday, March 15th. It is the final race of the Cheltenham Festival and is open only to conditional jockeys - professional riders who are still at the start of their careers.

Who is the Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle named after?

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 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 Cheltenham Festival.