Established four years ago, and run in the name of 15-time Champion Trainer Martin Pipe, the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle has a lace in the hearts of all racing fanatics.
The man who trained 4,182 winners, 34 of those at the Cheltenham Festival, is still a very popular figure among the locals at Prestbury Park and his dynasty is being lived on through his son’s David brilliant work with the stables at Pond House.
Attaglance, trained by Malcom Jefferson, ran out a decisive winner of the race in 2012. The 20/1 shot was hardly backed by anyone at the course as the market leaders all ran stinkers.
Over recent years this is a handicap that is usually won by the best horse rather than the best handicapped horse as the handicap is so condensed due to the size of the fields and the amount of horses in the 135-140 bracket that are given an entry.
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Even those it’s early days in terms of this type of race, it seems as though previous course form at Cheltenham does help a horse’s cause. Pause And Clause, the 2010 winner, had ran a blinder to finish third in the Coral Cup in 2009 and had previous decent form at Prestbury Park.
Even the 2009 winner Andytown had won a race at Cheltenham before landing that year’s Martin Pipe Hurdle. Sir Des Champs also had previous at the course when he was narrowly denied in a handicap hurdle earlier in the season before he won this race.
For followers of course form, Double Ross, trained by Nigel Twiston Davies may be of interest for this year’s Martin Pipe hurdle. He ran a high class field ragged in November at the course, winning by a massive eight lengths and striking many as a potential Cheltenham specialist.
He can be backed at a very juicy looking 33/1 with Bet365 to triumph when the Festival comes around in March.
For obvious reasons the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle is top of David Pipe’s list to win in the next few years, and he targets the race with all his top young hurdlers.
This year, especially, he looks to have a really talented bunch of horses that have been exported from France to Britain and probably will run three or four of them in this race at the Festival. The top of the list looks like being Close House who can be backed 25/1 with Bet365.