• 15/03/2019
  • 17:30

2020 Martin Pipe Tips

When I covered this handicap last month, I tipped up Front View at 20/1. Joseph O’Brien’s youngster has since been backed into 6/1 favouritism with Paddy Power and I wouldn’t put anyone off backing this talented youngster.

Of all the races at the Cheltenham Festival, though, this handicap is one Gordon Elliott specifically targets. Named in honour of his old mentor, Elliott has saddled two of the previous three Martin Pipe winners, and looked on-course for a 1-2 last year, until Early Doors came through and passed both Dallas Des Pictons and Defi Bleu.

So, while Front View looks a worthy favourite, I’m placing all of my faith with COLUMN OF FIRE, and he’ll be the last of my Cheltenham Festival Day four tips.

Column Of Fire has really progressed and strengthened up as the season has gone on. Elliott’s charge placed behind Elixir D’ainey and Longhouse Poet, who’ve both proven themselves in Grade One company since, on his opening couple of starts. He then bounced back from a fall with a bloodless triumph at Punchestown two weeks later, before proving his stamina with a strong third in a Pertemps Qualifier.

I’m sure Gordon Elliott, one of the most successful trainers in Cheltenham history, will have no trouble getting one of the top conditional jockeys to ride Column Of Fire. He definitely looks to be his number one runner in this year’s Martin Pipe. Along with The Conditional in the Ultima and The Storyteller in the Pertemps, Column Of Fire would be one of my most confident Cheltenham Festival tips in the handicaps.

More tips for Friday day four tips

1:30Triumph Hurdle Tips
2:10County Handicap Hurdle Tips
2:50Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips
3:30Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
4:10Foxhunter Chase Tips
4:50Grand Annual Chase Tips
5:30Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips

The opening day of the Festival features a full seven races. Find all of our Cheltenham day 4 tips here to get full coverage of Gold Cup Day.


Another competitive handicap and our Cheltenham day 4 races tips experts will be attempting to solve another fiendishly difficult puzzle. Named in homage to legendary trainer Martin Pipe, this handicap hurdle has become one of the most coveted prizes of the week – especially for trainers who have been mentored by the master trainer. The Martin Pipe has been won by future Grade One-winning chasers like Sir Des Champs and Don Poli since its inaugural running in 2009. 

Only conditional jockeys will be allowed to ride in the Martin Pipe and, for some, it will be the first opportunity to ride on a momentous occasion like the Cheltenham Festival.

See all of our Cheltenham day 4 tips, provided by expert tipsters ahead of every race at the Festival and round off your Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 betting experience with a bang.