2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips

The final race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle. Named in honour of Martin Pipe, one of the greatest trainers in British racing history, was moved to the final slot at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019. This two-and-a-half-mile handicap is open only to hurdlers rated 145 or below.

2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Key Facts

Date Friday 19th March, 2021
Time 5:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Class Two
Distance 2m 4f
Prize Pool £70k
Age 4YO+

2021 Martin Pipe Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle.

2021 Martin Pipe Tips

When the new National Hunt season starts and the possible runners start to become clear, we'll have a range of 2021 Martin Pipe tips live on the site.

2020 Martin Pipe Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Indefatigable 25/1
2nd Pileon 9/1
3rd Great White Shark 40/1
4th Happygolucky 25/1
5th The Bosses Oscar 11/1

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Triumph Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm County Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
2:50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Grade One 3m
3:30pm Gold Cup Grade One 3m 2f
4:10pm Foxhunter Chase Class Two 3m 2f
4:50pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Class Two Handicap 2m 4f

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle History

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle was added to the Cheltenham Festival schedule in 2009. It was moved to the final slot on day four in 2020.

The Martin Pipe is a Class Two Handicap Hurdle, open only to hurdlers rated 145 or below. Only amateur, claiming and conditions jockeys are eligable to ride.

The race was created to honour legendary trainer Martin Pipe, who retired from training in 2009. Pipe saddled 34 Cheltenham Festival winners, and was crowned Champion Trainer a record 15 times.

Nicky Henderson trained the first Martin Pipe winner, as Andy Town scored under Felix de Giles. Emma Lavelle and Malcolm Jefferson have also trained winners of the Martin Pipe. Paul Nicholls trained the winner on two occasions.

Willie Mullins trained his first Martin Pipe winner in 2011, as Sir Des Champs claimed victory. Mullins would then train back-to-back winners in 2014 and '15.

2017 saw Gordon Elliott saddle his first Martin Pipe winner, as Champagne Classic won under JJ Slevin. Elliott was celebrating the following year too, when Blow By Blow came out on top.

Joseph O'Brien upstaged Elliott in 2019, as Early Doors flew home to win the Martin Pipe under Jonjo O'Neill Jnr.

Elliott looked set to regain his title in 2020 as Column Of Fire tanked into contention. In a twist of fate, Column Of Fire fell at the second-last, and it was Paul Webber's mare, Indefatigable who came through to win the Martin Pipe.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle History Winners

Year
Name
2020 Indefatigable
2019 Early Doors
2018 Blow By Blow
2017 Champagne Classic
2016 Idis Du Rheu
2015 Killultagh Vic
2014 Don Poli
2013 Salubrious
2012 Attaglance
2011 Sir Des Champs
2010 Pause And Clause
2009 Andytown

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle FAQs

When is the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle?

The 2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle will take place at 5:30pm on day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 19th March.

What is the Martin Pipe?

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is a race staged during the Cheltenham Festival. This handicap hurdle is open to only amateur and claiming jockeys. Only horses rated 145 or lower can run in the Martin Pipe, and the trip is 2m 4f.

Who won the Martin Pipe?

Paul Webber celebrated his first Cheltenham Festival winner in 2020, as his mare Indefatigable won the Martin Pipe as a 25/1 shot.

Who was Martin Pipe?

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is named after on the most successful jockeys in National Hunt history. Martin Pipe saddled 34 Cheltenham Festival winner, and was crowned Champion Trainer a record 15 times.

Where can I watch the Martin Pipe?

The 2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.