Martin Pipe Hurdle Odds 2023
Cheltenham Festival 2023
The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle is the final race of the four-day Cheltenham Festival meeting in March. It is named after the fifteen times Champion National Hunt trainer who enjoyed 34 festival victories including two Champion Hurdles. The race is over two and a half miles and was first run in 2009 with victory going to Nicky Henderson’s Andytown.
Irish trainers have enjoyed plenty of success in this race, winning six of the last eight renewals. Willie Mullins has won it four times, including last year with Galopin Des Champs. The Martin Pipe Hurdle Odds 2023 suggest that trend is likely to continue with fancied runners from Mullins and Gordon Elliott dominating the ante-post betting. A note of caution here though as the last ten favourites have all been beaten.
Martin Pipe Hurdle Odds and Entries 2023
This race was heavily over-subscribed with 110 entries for a maximum 24-runner field. This is partly due to it being an alternative option for horses who fail to make the cut in races like the Coral Cup and County Hurdle. It inevitably means that there are going to be lots of disappointed connections when the final declarations are made.
There is a huge entry from Ireland including nine from Willie Mullins and a remarkable 18 from Gordon Elliott. Of the Mullins entries, State Man and Adamantly Chosen stand out as possible blots on the handicap. They have been rated 141 and 142 respectively on the evidence of one win in a novice hurdle. Deploy The Getaway is another who catches the eye on 140 after being beaten less than a length by the useful Slip Of The Tongue at Punchestown. All three are prominent in the Martin Pipe Hurdle betting odds but still have entries in Cheltenham’s big novice hurdles.
Last year’s runner-up Langer Dan was denied a £50,000 bonus after winning the Imperial Cup at Sandown on his previous start. Dan Skelton has targeted this race again with the six-year-old, although his comeback run at Taunton resulted in a disappointing last of six.
The Philip Hobbs-trained Camprond catches the eye, not seen since finishing fourth in the Greatwood Hurdle in November. He is entered in the Coral Cup but is not guaranteed a run in that race. The same applies to Good Risk At All, a very impressive 9 lengths winner at Ascot in soft ground last month. A 10lbs rise in the weights has left him down at number 66 in the Coral Cup and 48 in the Martin Pipe.
Cheltenham Festival 2023
Latest Martin Pipe Hurdle odds *
*Best prices at the time of writing
Langer Dan 5-1
State Man 5-1
Chemical Energy 8-1
Hollow Games 8-1
Adamantly Chosen 10-1
Good Risk At All 11-1
Deploy The Getaway 12-1
Queens Brook 14-1
Winter Fog 14-1
Five O’Clock 16-1
I A Connect 16-1
Indigo Breeze 16-1
Knappers Hill 16-1
The Goffer 16-1
Au Fleuron 20-1
Burning Victory 20-1
Cobblers Dream 20-1
Gowel Road 20-1
Grand Jury 20-1
Jesse Evans 20-1
Martin Pipe Hurdle News
The Martin Pipe Hurdle Odds are likely to change quite dramatically once the final declarations are announced. With Irish trainers Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott currently responsible for ten of the top 26 entries, they will have a big say on the shape of the field for the Cheltenham Festival finale. For example, ante-post favourite State Man has five Cheltenham Festival entries and top weight Burning Victory has four.
With so many permutations, it is very difficult to identify definite runners in the Martin Pipe betting odds. Mullins appears to be favouring the novice hurdle route for State Man, Deploy The Getaway and Adamantly Chosen but any one of those would attract plenty of interest if diverted here.
Elliott’s Chemical Energy was beaten by the useful My Mate Mozzie in November before taking a Fairyhouse novice event. He is one of many here that is also in the Coral Cup. I A Connect is another horse who has attracted support since the “non-runner – no bet” concession was introduced in late January. He won by a nose at Punchestown in November but the margin would have been much greater but for his rider dropping his hands.
Trainer Sam Thomas hoped that his Ascot victory would get Good Risk At All into the Coral Cup field but that is not yet certain. It is a similar story for Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle winner Cobblers Dream, down at 72 in the Coral Cup and more likely to get in here from 52.