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2021 Martin Pipe Tips – 12/1 shot can Fire in a winner for O'Brien and Gigginstown

Last updated: 18 Mar 2021
Jon Vine 18 Mar 2021
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  • We’ve published our guide to the 2021 Martin Pipe
  • This handicap hurdle is the final race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Gentlemen De Mee sits prominently in the betting
  • Fire Attack is our best each-way bet at 12/1
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Martin Pipe hurdle. (Getty)

The curtain is brought down on the Cheltenham Festival by the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle. This race is usually only open to amateur and conditional jockeys, but due to Covid-19 regulations, professional riders will be allowed to take part in 2021.

The betting for this year's Martin Pipe is looking as congested as ever, with several talented hurdlers sitting prominently in the market.

2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Odds

Gentleman De Mee6/1
Wide Reciever8/1
Column Of Fire10/1
The Shunter10/1
Champagne Gold12/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 10/3/21*

2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Trends

I’ve taken a look through the last decade of results in the Martin Pipe and highlighted some key recurring trends.

9 of the last 10 winners ran after the 7th January
9 of the last 10 winners either won or placed on their most recent start
8 of the last 10 winners had previously run in a Graded race over hurdles

I drew up a four-horse shortlist for this year’s Martin Pipe when the entries were released. All four were talented novices representing four of Ireland’s top yards.

Wide Receiver was my initial selection, but he's been ruled out for the rest of the season with injury. I then went for Champagne Gold and Ganapathi, but they will both now run in the County Hurdle, over a trip I fear will be a little short for both.

2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips – Champagne Gold

The final name left standing on my initial shortlist is FIRE ATTACK, and he'll be my sole selection in this year's Martin Pipe.

Joseph O’Brien sent Fire Attack straight out over this trip on his hurdles debut, and he ran a belter to finish second to Fakiera in a Grade Three. Things haven’t gone to plan over two miles since then, but Fire Attack did run nicely behind a very classy sort in Thedevilscoachman last time out. Stepping back up in trip on day four of the Cheltenham Festival will definitely suit and he’s more than capable of winning off a mark of 138.


Fire Attack looks a solid each-way selection at 12/1.

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