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Martin Pipe 2023 Tips - Odds, trends and tips for the final race of the Festival

Last updated: 16 Mar 2023
Jon Vine 16 Mar 2023
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  • Tips, odds and predictions for the 2023 Martin Pipe
  • This handicap hurdle takes place at 5:30pm on day four of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Cool Survivor and Iroko are our two against the field
Martin Pipe Tips Odds Trends
Runners and riders in action during The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle. (Getty)

The 28th and final race at the Cheltenham Festival is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle. Named in honour of one of Britain's most successful trainer, the Martin Pipe is run over a trip of two-and-a-half-miles and only amateur riders are allowed to take part.

We won't be finalising any of our handicap tips until the final fields have been confirmed. In this article, you'll find the latest Martin Pipe odds, key recurring ten-year trends and our final tips.

Cheltenham 2023 Tips - Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2023 Guide

Martin Pipe 2023 Odds

Spanish Harlem5/1
Cool Survivor7/1
Three Card Brag8/1
Langer Dan8/1
Might I10/1

Martin Pipe Key Trends

  • 10 of the last 10 winners were either five, six or seven-years-old
  • 9 of the last 10 winners had run after January 7th
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had previously run in a Graded race
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had never won a handicap
  • 8 of the last 10 winners finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd last time out

Topping the market is Spanish Harlem, but I don't think he's as good as Willie Mullins' previous winners of this race. Mullins' charge was thrashed 12 lengths by Three Card Brag at Fairyhouse and couldn't even beat Riaan when the two met at Thurles last time out.

Gordon Elliott will run as many as he can in a race that he always targets. Riaan will be part of Elliott's team, but he wouldn't be anywhere near the top of my shortlist.

Martin Pipe Tips Shortlist

Willie Mullins has overlooked his usual amateur jockeys to book Michael O'Sullivan for the ride on Spanish Harlem. I haven't been impressed with the favourite's jumping this season, though, and would much rather side with Gordon Elliott's first-string COOL SURVIVOR.

Cool Survivor has only been rated one pound higher than stablemate Imagine, despite the fact that he's actually won a Listed race and finished fourth in a Grade One last time out. Sam Ewing comes in for the ride and Cool Survivor could be the most talented horse in this race.
Another runner I'm very keen on is IROKO, who I backed for the Martin Pipe at 20/1 at the ante-post stage.

Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero's star finished fourth in a couple of top juvenile races last season and has been victorious on both his starts at Wetherby this term. Greenall has said that Iroko needs soft ground, so I'm confident that this progressive five-year-old will deal with the going on day four of the Cheltenham Festival.

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