Conditionals Hurdle PreviewThis race was run at the Festival for the first time in 2009 and is run over two and a half miles and, as the title suggests, is only open to Conditional Jockeys.
Will David Pipe Win The Race Named After His Father?
Martin Pipe Conditionals Hurdle Last Eight Winners
|2016||Ibis Du Rheu||5-11-7||P Nicholls||J Sherwood||14/1|
|2015||Killultagh Vic||6-11-1||W Mullins||L Dempsey||7/1|
|2014||Don Poli||5-11-5||W Mullins||MP Fogarty||12/1|
|2013||Salubrious||6-11-5||P Nicholls||H Derham||16/1|
|2012||Attaglance||6-11-3||M Jefferson||H Haynes||20/1|
|2011||Sir Des Champs||5-11-3||W Mullins||E Mullins||9/2F|
|2010||Pause And Clause||6-11-10||Miss E Lavelle||J Farrelly||14/1|
|2009||Andytown||6-11-2||N Henderson||F De Giles||25/1|
Martin Pipe Conditionals Hurdle Trends
|7/7||were aged 5 or 6|
|7/7||carried 11-01 or more|
|7/7||were rated between 133 & 143|
|7/7||had their last run that year|
|6/7||had run at least 3 times since November 1st|
|6/7||had won a race since November 1st|
|5/7||finished in the first 3 on their last completed start|
Micko has written a blog on the trends for this race. Interestingly it highlights just two runners who have met all the trends and both are available at big odds, should they get a place in the race. Read the full article here.
Martin Pipe Conditionals Hurdle AnalysisMost punters would probably have expected David Pipe to have won at least one of the runnings of this race named after his father but as yet Pipe Jnr has drawn a blank.
The Pipe yard had SEVEN runners in this race in 2009 but could fare no better than third. Since then Pipe has had a number of runners without success.
A better return must surely be on the cards very soon.
Philip Hobbs has a great record in the handicap hurdles at Cheltenham but has yet to add this race to their list of Festival winners.
The Hobbs stable regularly find excellent young jockeys and winning a race such as this would be a suitable reward for all their hard work.
Representatives from the Hobbs yard will definitely be worth considering in this race in 2016.
However, the stable with the best return so far from this race belongs to Nicky Henderson. With a winnner at 25/1 in 2009, 2nd and 4th in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and 3rd again in 2012. It seems the master of Seven Barrows likes to have a tilt at the Martin Pipe race and Henderson's runners in 2016 will warrant very close inspection once again.