Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2022 Trends

Trends are the best way to narrow down Cheltenham's tricky handicaps, so we've looked at the most important trends for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle for you, and used them to find the best horses to follow right now for the 2022 running.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2022 Trends
Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2022 Trends

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Need some help finding the winner of the 2022 edition of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last 10 renewals in order to help you find the winner of the Cheltenham Festival’s final contest.

2022 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Carried at least 11st 1lb to victory
  • Had won 1-4 times over hurdles
  • Had not won more than two handicap hurdles
  • Last ran between 20-77 days ago

 

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Were aged five or six
  • Were bred in Ireland or France
  • Had finished first or second in at least one of their last three runs
  • Had not won more than two hurdle races
  • Had not run more than eight times over hurdles
  • Had won or been placed in a hurdle race run over further than 2m4f
  • Carried at least 11st 3lbs to victory

The last eight winners:

  • Had run in a Graded hurdle race - three winning Grade 3s
  • Had run in less than four handicap hurdles
  • Had not won more than one handicap hurdle/li>

Key Trials in the last 10 years

Winners of this Cheltenham handicap hurdle come from all sorts of places, but the recent trend has been for the race to go to a decent novice, just short of Grade 1 class.

It therefore pays to keep an eye on Grade 3 and Grade 2 novices' hurdles, as well as paying attention to five and six-year-olds running in handicaps run over 2m4f or further.


Trainer Trends

  • In the 13-year history of this contest, it’s an equal 7-6 split between trainers based in Ireland and Britain, although six of the last eight have gone to Ireland.
  • Willie Mullins has won the race four times, more than any other trainer, with Gordon Elliott (who worked for Martin Pipe earlier in his career) and Paul Nicholls both having won it twice.
  • Nicky Henderson has thrown a lot of darts at this race without success since winning the first running of the contest in 2009.

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Jockey Trends

  • Because the race is for conditional riders, it is unlikely that any pilot will win it more than once. The last 10 winners were ridden by jockeys that had never previously ridden a Cheltenham Festival winner.

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How did the trends do last year?

Galopin Des Champs being trained by Willie Mullins was an obvious bet. He had won over 2m2f in France and then been highly-tried in Graded company over 2m in Ireland without success. Stepped back up in trip, he was unbeatable and galloped strongly away to win by two and a quarter lengths.Showing his class further over longer distances, he followed up in a Grade 1 3m novice hurdle at the Punchestown festival and is now odds-on favourite for the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival over 3m.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2022?

Gordon Elliott has a strong recent record in the Martin Pipe and his Hollow Games looks a likely type for a festival handicap having found the likes of Minella Cocooner and co. too hot to handle in Grade 1 company at the Dublin Racing Festival.

He looked a progressive hurdler prior to that and the switch to handicaps could unlock more improvement, especially on a stiff track. This Irish-bred six-year-old is a 2m4f winner.

Chemical Energy from the same stable also looks to fit the bill, having won over 2m4f and finished second in a 2m Grade 3.


2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stGalopin Des Champs8/1Willie MullinsSean O'Keeffe
2ndLanger Dan13/2Dan SkeltonLorcan Williams
3rdFloueur33/1Joseph O'BrienPaul O'Brien
4thWhatsupwithyou33/1Ben PaulingLuca Morgan

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