The sixth race of the last day of the 2011 Cheltenham Festival and it’s the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle which is over 2m 4 1/2f and is the latest addition to the Cheltenham Festival. With only two previous outings, past winners have been Pause And Clause (2010) and Andytown (2009).
The idea behind the addition was to provide an opportunity for some of the large number of horses which are eliminated from the Coral Cup each year to have a run at the Festival. This year Dynaste looks to be the main contender but it will ultimately come down to who runs in the Coral Cup to ultimately determine who will be available to run in this race.
The race is named in honour of Martin Pipe who is the most successful National Hunt trainer of all time. He trained 34 winners at the Festival, including the Champion Hurdle twice, with Granville Again (1993) and Make A Stand (1997), though victory in the Gold Cup eluded him (Rushing Wild came second in 1993).