Conditional Jockeys Hurdle
Cheltenham Festival race guide – Conditional Jockeys Hurdle betting
It would be fitting if David Pipe could win this race named after his father Martin who retired in 2006. He sends out a few runners but his best chance in the race probably rests with Shoegazer who showed up well over this distance at Ffos Las most recently. ALARAZI looks the one to be on though after his success in the Paddy Power Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle at Sandown last Saturday. The main worry would be if the race has come too soon for Lucy Wadham’s representative, in that case Whoops A Daisy must be feared after suffering only one defeat in his five starts under rules. Get a free £25 bet with William Hill.
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Arguably it is right that conditional jockeys do get to ride at the best National Hunt meeting in the calendar. They would probably not get the chance to deliver on the biggest of stages without being able to claim their allowances. Felix de Giles was the first conditional rider to take this hurdle aboard Nicky Henderson’s Andytown two years ago and was soon followed by Johnny Farrelly twelve months later. Both jockeys ironically now have ninety career wins to their respective names but probably none as sweet as their sole Cheltenham Festival successes. But which jockey will revel in the moment of riding a 2011 festival winner?
Form and favourites
The form guides for this handicap hurdle are hard to distinguish, mainly because there have only ever been two runnings of this event. But Martin Pipe’s son David will be trying his utmost to send out a winner as this is the race which honours his father. Last year he sent out seven horses in the 2009 event but the best found a couple too good for his best performer on the day, Big Eared Fran. Last year he readied only one runner in Ashkazar who went off 9/2 favourite under Hadden Frost but again could only manage a mid-field position. Better luck this time perhaps? He will certainly win this race during his time as a trainer so keep a track of his runner(s) when the final few are declared because they are sure to hold every chance.
The favourite in this race has been nowhere in both races. The aforementioned Ashkazar fluffed his lines last year and the well backed Big Eared Fran, another one of Pipe’s, finished a disappointing third after being well supported in the betting. Subsequently, we’ve seen Andytown take the spoils at 25/1 (2009) and Pause and Clause last time at an attractive 14/1 arrive home first, so is it really another one for the an outsider? It is a handicap remember so concentrate on those that might not be on such a tight grip from the handicapper and may have been let in lightly.
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