Cheltenham Festival tips: Martin Pipe Hurdle trends – we help find the winner of the race live on ITV at 5.30 today


  • Look for a top-three finish last time
  • Five and six-year-olds have strongest record
  • All past 10 winners had more than 11st 1lb
  • A run within 50 days is a must

PILEON the cash in the Martin Pipe.

Quickly cross out any horse that wasn’t on the podium last time out. Doctor Duffy, Mill Green, Umbrigado, Big Blue, My Sister Sarah, Ilikedwayurthinkin, Flash The Steel, Ruthless Article, Thomas Macdonagh, Ecco, Everybreathyoutake and Great White Shark come up short on that trend.

It has paid to focus on horses aged five and six. That means crossing out Braid Blue, Indefatigable and Cliffs Of Dover. Happygolucky is next of the cast-offs because he’s been off for 98 days which is too long.

It helps to have run at Cheltenham before so Anything Will Do, The Bosses Oscar, Front View, Assemble, Espoir De Romay, Column Of Fire and Five O’Clock have to overcome that factor.

That has cut them right down to just one — PILEON. He has had a spin around Cheltenham before and ticks the other boxes for trainer Philip Hobbs. He can end the meeting on a high for the home team.


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