Tips For The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2021

Martin Pipe Tips

The curtain comes down on this years’ festival with a competitive two-and-a-half-mile handicap.

There are ten flights of hurdles still to be jumped though and all the big yards are set to be represented here.

This race presents a major headache for punters as only one favourite in the last ten renewals has won and seven of the last ten winners have returned at a starting price of 11/1 or bigger.

The race usually attracts a field of at least twenty runners but in an interesting statistic, six of the last ten winners have won on their most recent start.

Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer in the race having landed it three times since the race was established in 2009.

Paul Nicholls has also won the race twice and has fared best of the home based yards.

No horse aged older than seven has won this race since its inception and nine of the last ten winners had at least been placed on their previous start.

Previous Winners of the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

Runners To Watch

Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2021.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.

Gentleman De Mee – Willie Mullins

Gentleman De Mee comes here on the back of a debut success for Willie Mullins where he was always in a position to get a good look at his hurdles.

He jumped well in the main asides from a mistake at the last.

It didn’t check his momentum though and he recorded a bloodless four length win.

There ought to more to come from him and if he takes to this course, he ought to be bang there.

Galopin Des Champs – Willie Mullins

Galopin Des Champs steps up to two and a half miles for the first time here and he wasn’t beaten all that far in a Grade One race won by Appreciate It during the Dublin Racing Festival.

A repeat of that effort would certainly see him right in the mix, particularly as he was doing all of his best work in the closing stages.

Fire Attack – Joseph O’Brien

Fire Attack is still a maiden over hurdles but he seems to be slowly getting the hang of things.

He has been tried at a much higher level than this in the recent past, so there is every reason to expect some further improvement from him here.

Having only found Thedevilscoachman and Fakiera too strong in two of his most recent runs, there is definite ability there.

Floueur – Denise Foster

Floueur was not disgraced despite being sent off at a big price on his handicap debut at Navan back in January.

He ran a credible sixth of twenty when beaten ten lengths by Damalisque at Navan and can be expected to improve on that.

He was a decent sort in his native France before transferring to Cullentra and no surprise if he were to put in a much better performance here.

Gabynako – Gavin Cromwell

Gabynako ought to fare better now returning to this two-and-a-half-mile trip.

He had looked to be a progressive sort prior to his last run at Leopardstown where he found things happening all too soon.

He wasn’t beaten too far by Bob Olinger at Naas back in January and there is nothing of that one’s calibre in here.

If Gavin Cromwell can encourage him back to his best, he wouldn’t be without a chance.

Leoncavallo – David Pipe

Leoncavallo hasn’t been seen in a hurdles race since 2019, so it looks significant that he remains entered even at this late stage.

He was far from disgraced in the Cesarewitch when beaten by Great White Shark and Summer Moon.

If he retains all of that natural speed and an appetite for hurdling, he may well be capable of getting involved.

Others are preferred.

Langer Dan – Dan Skelton

Langer Dan won the Imperial Cup at Sandown last Saturday but that was on altogether different ground and a much less competitive field.

Connections are rightly having a go to strike perhaps whilst the iron is hot.

He carries five pounds more over a more questionable trip.

He was a fair sixth in the Boodles last year behind Aramax but others are preferred.

Martinhal – David Pipe

Martinhal looks set to take a step into handicap company for the first time here.

He is clearly on good terms with himself and comes here in search of a hat-trick of wins following two comfortable successes at Exeter.

He has yet to conclusively prove that he stays this far and this looks a bridge too far just at the moment.

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2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips

Galopin Des Champs steps up to two and a half miles for the first time here.

He wasn’t beaten all that far in a Grade One race won by Appreciate It during the Dublin Racing Festival.

A repeat of that effort would certainly see him right in the mix, particularly as he was doing all of his best work in the closing stages.

Gentleman De Mee is a stablemate of the selection and looks completely unexposed.

This looks a tough race to make a handicap debut in though and it may prove ultimately too much for him to handle.

Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication

  • 9/2 Gentleman De Mee
  • 5/1 Langer Dan
  • 13/2 Galopin Des Champs
  • 7/1 Gabynako
  • 11/1 Fire Attack
  • 14/1 Floueur
  • 14/1 Leoncavalla
  • 25/1 Martinhal



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