The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle is the second to last race at the Cheltenham Festival and is open to horses aged 4 and above. It is run on the New Course and the runners must jump 9 hurdles on their way round. The race was only established in 2009 and is named after Martin Pipe the successful National Hunt trainer who had 34 winners at the Cheltenham Festival.
The race is restricted to conditional jockeys, with no jockey ever winning the race more than once. However, Willie Mullins has an excellent record in the race having won it 3 times. Some very good horses have won the race in the past including Don Poli, Ibis Du Rheu & Killultagh Vic.
The race is always competitive and allows young jockeys to get a ride on the biggest stage of National Hunt Racing. Hopefully we’ll see more future championship winning jockeys riding this year!
The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle Profile
Type: Ungraded Hurdle Race
Distance: 2m 4 1/2f (4,124m)
Age: 4 year olds +
Prize Fund: £65,000