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Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
(Conditional Jockeys)
Cheltenham 16:50
£60,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 110y, Class 2
Friday 18th March 2016


1 Ibis Du Rheu 14-1
2 Flying Angel 8-1
3 Sky Khan 50-1
4 Tully East 50/1
24 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1¼l, 6l
TIME 4m 51.70s (slow by 4.70s)

Ibis Du Rheu wins the Martin Pipe for Paul Nicholls and Jack Sherwood

Ibis Du Rheu
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Ibis Du Rheu

Ibis Du Rheu, a 14/1 shot, gave Paul Nicholls a second winner of The Festival 2016, taking the race by a length and a quarter under Jack Sherwood, for whom this was a first Festival triumph.

Nicholls said: "I'm really thrilled for Jack. He's had a hard old time of it; I kept saying to him this past fortnight, 'you've got a nice ride at Cheltenham'. I didn't really imagine he'd win, but he gave him a good ride and it was good for him

"We've always liked the horse, he's just been a bit slow to come to hand. A bit like [Ibis Du Rheu's half-brother] Saphir Du Rheu, he's big and backward. He'll make a good three-mile chaser in time - he obviously stays forever.

"I've had a great day with Victoria [Pendleton, who rode the Nicholls-trained Pacha Du Polder in the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase], my two (former) assistants [Dan Skelton and Harry Fry] training winners, and Jack having a winner. Forget me, I've had a lot of pleasure out of these lads today. It's been an awesome day."

He continued: "Victoria gave Pacha Du Polder a beautiful ride in the circumstances, and the crowd... It was so good for everyone today."

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
£60,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 110y, Class 2
24 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Ibis Du Rheu (FR) 14/1 Jack Sherwood
P F Nicholls 5
2nd Flying Angel (IRE) (ex5) 8/1 Ryan Hatch
N A Twiston-Davies 5
3rd Sky Khan 50/1 D R Fox
Miss Lucinda V Russell 7
4th 6 Tully East (IRE) 50/1 S A Shortall
A Fleming 6
5th nk Whiteout (GER) 33/1 Jonathan Moore
W P Mullins 5
6th Urano (FR) 33/1 D Meyler
W P Mullins 8
7th 2 Squouateur (FR) 9/4f J W Kennedy
G Elliott 5
8th Work In Progress (IRE) 25/1 Bridget Andrews
D Skelton 6
9th ½ Jetstream Jack (IRE) 9/1 K C Sexton
G Elliott 6
10th Zulu Oscar 22/1 L A McKenna (3)
H Fry 7
11th 4 Matorico (IRE) 33/1 Patrick Cowley (5)
Jonjo O'Neill 5
12th nk Label Des Obeaux (FR) 25/1 Thomas Bellamy
A King 5
13th ½ Handiwork 100/1 Killian Moore
S Gollings 6
14th Nabucco 28/1 Craig Nichol
J P Ferguson 7
15th Westend Star (IRE) 16/1 L P Dempsey
G Elliott 7
16th 8 Qualando (FR) 10/1 Harry Cobden
P F Nicholls 5
17th 22 Childrens List (IRE) 10/1 D J Mullins
W P Mullins 6
18th 6 Buiseness Sivola (FR) 50/1 Lizzie Kelly
W P Mullins 5
19th 6 Goodwood Mirage (IRE) 33/1 Conor Shoemark
Jonjo O'Neill 6
Also Ran: Bivouac (FR) , Mr Mix (FR) , Laurium , Roadie Joe (IRE) , Montdragon (FR)

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Jack Sherwood admitted that after getting injured early this season he considered throwing in the towel and doing something else.

But he was pleased he stayed in the saddle after Ibus Du Rheu came home in front for his first winner at the Fesival.

Sherwood who is the son of Simon, who famously rode Desert Orchid to victory in the 1989 Gold Cup before Jack was born, but the jockey jokes: "Obviously, I've seen the replay loads of times!"

Sherwood, who broke his arm at Fakenham earlier in the season and had his first ride back on Boxing Day, said:"I was half thinking I would do something else, because I had 40 winners last season with some big Saturday winners and it just wasn't getting going again. I just loved it too much to do that so I just stuck at it and now I can't believe it. I'm just speechless."

When asked if his father was here he said: "No, he's in Sri Lanka! He's clerk of the course at Ludlow, there's no racing there until next week so he took a two-week break. I rode a winner for Paul at the Hennessy meeting and he wasn't there then, so when he doesn't come, it seems to do well!

"I've had seconds and third here but to have a winner at The Festival - there is no feeling like it."

Nigel Twiston-Davies was pleased with last week's Imperial Cup winner Flying Angel who finished second. The local trainer said: "Yes I'm delighted, he had a hard race last weekend at Sandown. We always thought we would win, but we didn't so there we are."

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Previous Results

2015-WINNER-KILLULTAGH VIC 6-11-01 Owner-Rose Boyd/B Anderson/Mrs M Armstrong; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Luke
Dempsey; SP-7/1
2ND-Noble Endeavour 6-11-06 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Kevin Sexton; SP-14/1
3RD-Roi Des Francs 6-11-05 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-David Mullins; SP-3/1 Fav
4TH-Kauto Grand Mogol 7-11-01 Owner-J C Delamere/D McCorkell/H Catherwood; Trainer-Liz Doyle IRE; Jockey-Jody McGarvey; SP-33/1
21 ran, Time-5m 3.10s; Dist-hd, 4½, 6

2014-WINNER-DON POLI 5-11-05 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mikey Fogarty; SP-12/1
2ND-Thomas Crapper 7-10-05 Owner-apis.uk.com; Trainer-Robin Dickin; Jockey-Joseph Palmowski; SP-10/1
3RD-Caid Du Berlais 5-11-05 Owner-Donlon, Doyle, MacDonald & C Barber; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Derham; SP-9/1
4TH-Urbain De Sivola 6-10-06 Owner-Chris Giles; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Andrias Guerin; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-4m 48.58s, Dist-4½, 1¼, 1¾ 9/2 Fav Full Shift (11th)

2013-WINNER-SALUBRIOUS 6-11-05 Owner-The Johnson & Stewart Families; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Derham; SP-16/1
2ND-Nagpur 7-11-00 Owner-Miss S Douglas-Pennant; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Tom Cannon; SP-33/1
3RD-Double Ross 7-11-06 Owner-Options O Syndicate; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Adam Wedge; SP-14/1
4TH-Make Your Mark 6-10-08 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Declan Lavery; SP-8/1
23 ran, Time-5m 18.60s, Dist-7, 1, 3¾ 9/4 Fav Gevrey Chambertin (PU)

2012-WINNER-ATTAGLANCE 6-11-03 Owner-H Young, G Eifert, R Snyder; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Harry Haynes; SP-20/1
2ND-Toner D’Oudairies 5-11-01 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Keith Donoghue; SP-7/1
3RD-Oscar Nominee 5-10-13 Owner-Michael Buckley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-10/1
4TH-Make A Track 6-10-12 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Charlie Swan IRE; Jockey-Ben Dalton
24 ran, Time-4m 51.6s, Dist-nk, nk, 1½ 9/2 Fav Bourne (9th)

2011-WINNER-SIR DES CHAMPS 5-11-03 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jocket-Emmet Mullins; SP-9/2 Fav
2ND-Son Of Flicka 7-11-06 Owner-Twenty Four Seven Recruitment; Trainer-Donald McCain; Jockey-Henry Brooke; SP-28/1
3RD-First Point 8-11-07 Owner-The Third Pheasant Inn Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-20/1
4TH-Indian Daudaie 4-11-03 Owner-Timeform Betfair Racing Club & Clive Smith; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey- James Cowley; SP-25/1
23 ran, Time-4m 55.22s; Dist- ½, 2, 4

2010-WINNER-PAUSE AND CLAUSE 6-11-10 Owner-Robert Cohen; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-14/1
2ND-Radium 5-11-04 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-14/1
3RD-Clova Island 7-11-00 Owner-Mrs Peter Prowting; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Giles Hawkins; SP-14/1
4TH-Peveril 6-11-03 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-5/1 24 ran, Time-5m 5.25s; Dist-3¼, 1¼, 2¾ 9/2 Fav Ashkazar (7th)

2009-WINNER-ANDYTOWN 6-11-02 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Felix de Giles; SP-25/1
2ND-Midnight Chase 7-11-00 Owner-Lady Clarke; Trainer-Neil Mulholland; Jockey-Michael O’Connor; SP-100/1
3RD-Big Eared Fran 6-11-02 Owner-Thomas Barr; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-7/2 Fav
4TH-Font 6-10-11 Owner-Mr & Mrs R Nevison & Mr & Mrs Ged Mason; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-14/1 23 ran, Time-4m 58.52s; Dist-9, 7, 2

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