MARTIN PIPE HURDLE

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle is the final race of the Festival and is restricted to apprentice (conditional) jockeys.

It attracts a big field of closely rated runners - usually a compressed handicap with ratings from about 135 to 145.

Listed | 4yo+ | Friday 17.30 
2 miles 4½ furlongs | 10 hurdles | New Course
Weight: 10st - 11st 10lb (handicap)*
Prize money (2022): £75,000 | 1st: £39,023
*Penalty: after February 27th, a winner of a hurdle 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse's weight above 11st 10lb)

The race is named after Martin Pipe who trained 34 Festival winners, as well as being champion trainer 15 times.

The last four winners were rated 142+
Horses carrying 11st or less are 0-91
6 of the last 8 winners were Irish trained
Willie Mullins has trained 4 winners (22 runners)
11/13 winners were aged 6 or younger
Horses aged 8+ are 0-56
1/13 favourites won

Stamina is a key ingredient in this race, with a fierce end-to-end gallop assured.

The ceiling for ratings was raised to 145 in 2012 and the race tends to go to a horse towards the top of the handicap - the last four winners carried at least 11st 9lb.

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott are trainers to follow here, but despite being desperate to win the race for obvious reasons, David Pipe’s record currently stands at 0-23.

Last year 8 of the 22 field were aged eight or older, but no horse older than seven has won the Martin Pipe - with lightly raced hurdlers (often novices) coming to the fore.

Gigginstown Stud have had four Martin Pipe Hurdle winners: Sir Des Champs, Don Poli, Champagne Classic and Blow By Blow.

Significantly, in each of those four renewals they had just one representative.

Sir Des Champs (2011) is the only successful favourite so far.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
6
137
11-3
2021
5
142
11-9
2020
7
145
11-9
2019
6
145
11-10
2018
7
144
11-10

PREVIOUS WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Banbridge
M M McDonagh / Joseph Patrick O'Brien
12/1
2021
Galopin Des Champs
Sean O'Keeffe / W P Mullins
8/1
2020
Indefatigable
Rex Dingle / Paul Webber
25/1
2019
Early Doors
Jonjo O'Neill Jr  / Joseph O'Brien
5/1
2018
Blow By Blow
Donagh Meyler / Gordon Elliott
11/1
2017
Champagne Classic
James Slevin / Gordon Elliott
12/1
2016
Ibis du Rheu
Jack Sherwood / Paul Nicholls
14/1
2015
Killultagh Vic
Luke Dempsey / W P Mullins
7/1
2014
Don Poli
Mikey Fogarty / W P Mullins
12/1
2013
Salubrious
Harry Derham / Paul Nicholls
16/1
2012
Attaglance
Harry Haynes / Malcolm Jefferson
20/1
2011
Sir Des Champs
Emmet Mullins / W P Mullins
9/2f
2010
Pause and Clause
Johnny Farrelly / Emma Lavelle
14/1
2009
Andytown
Felix de Giles / Nicky Henderson
25/1

The 2021 Martin Pipe Hurdle winner was Galopin Des Champs - a sixth winner of the week for Willie Mullins:

Indefatigable, snatched a last gasp victory in 2020, despite having to contend with traffic problems.

The mare was the joint biggest-priced winner of the race to date at 25/1:

Jonjo O'Neill Jr delivered the Joseph O'Brien-trained Early Doors to perfection in 2019:

Blow By Blow defied top weight with an accomplished front-running ride by Donagh Meyler, to give Gordon Elliott his second successive win in the race in 2018:

‘MARTIN PIPE WAS MY HERO SO TO WIN HIS RACE AGAIN IS BRILLIANT, IT MAKES IT EXTRA SPECIAL’