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Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
(Conditional Jockeys)
Cheltenham 17:30
£75,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 56y, Class 2
Friday 18th March 2022


1 Banbridge 12/1
2 Cobblers Dream 12/1
3 Hollow Games 9/2
4 Freedom To Dream 20/1
23 ran NR: Earlofthecotswolds, Reserve Tank
Time: 5m 5.73s (slow by 15.73s)

Banbridge became a third Festival winner for trainer Joseph O’Brien when beating Cobblers Dream by a length and a half. 

The six year old was a first Festival winner on his first ride in Britain for jockey Mark McDonagh. 

He was a second winner of the week and seventh overall for owner Ronnie Bartlett, following Stattler in Tuesday’s National Hunt Chase. 

He completed a clean sweep for Irish trainers on Day Four of The Festival, following five winners for Willie Mullins and one for Henry De Bromhead. 

Mark McDonagh, the winning jockey, said:  

“The standing start actually suited us.  He was very sharp away, thank God, and I got a lovely position early. They didn’t go very quick and he was always in his comfort zone. To be fair to Mr O’Brien and Mr Bartlett, they kept it very simple for me - just to sit wherever he was comfortable and to hold on to him as long as I could. I’m just delighted that it paid off.  

“There were loose horses coming out past me every few seconds and I thought, Jesus, what’s going on behind me? But I stayed out of trouble, thank God. It was ideal for the horse. 

“I wasn’t confident that I would win until about 10 strides after the last. I was always just conscious that something might get to me, but luckily nothing did.  

“It was unreal when I crossed the line. I’ve never witnessed anything like it before. I have ridden a few real nice winners this season,  but nothing comes close. Walking back in was class. I know half of the people have gone home, but this half are class! It was a great opportunity and thanks to everyone today who made it happen. 

“I grew up on ponies, showjumped until I was 16 and wanted to go a bit quicker then. I started race-riding and just tried to work hard, working with Joseph while I was at college. My grandad Michael trains and his lads were great in starting me off, too.” 

Successful trainer Joseph O’Brien said: 

Mark gave Banbridge a great ride. Obviously there was plenty of carnage behind, but he managed to avoid some of the loose horses down the hill. He’s very tough, and I’m delighted for Ronnie (Bartlett), who has supported me very well. 

It’s fantastic to  get a winner here. It’s been a long week, but the horses have all run well. We’ve hit the crossbar a few times and the filly (Scarlet And Dove) ran well in the Mares’ race. It’s great to be here competing, and great that the horses have been running well, but it’s a bit sweeter when you get a winner.


Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle
£75,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 56y, Class 2
23 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

1     Banbridge 6 11-3 Joseph O'Brien M M McDonagh 12/1
Cobblers Dream 6 11-2 Ben Case Jack Andrews 12/1
Hollow Games 6 11-9 Gordon Elliott Jordan Gainford 9/2
hd Freedom To Dream 7 11-1 Peter Fahey Liam Harrison 20/1
Party Business 6 10-12 Ian Williams Charlie Todd 28/1
Ilikedwayurthinkin 8 11-4 Gavin Cromwell Simon Torrens 40/1
½ Au Fleuron 5 11-3 Gordon Elliott Kevin Brogan 40/1
hd Chemical Energy 6 11-3 Gordon Elliott Shane Fitzgerald 11/1
Herbiers 5 11-0 Oliver Greenall Theo Gillard 66/1
Hes A Hardy Bloke 7 11-3 Noel Meade E Walsh 25/1
1 Adamantly Chosen 5 11-8 W P Mullins Richard Deegan 11/2
¾ Quinta Do Mar 7 11-1 Ben Pauling Luca Morgan 40/1
¾ Perfect Attitude 6 11-1 Gordon Elliott Jack Tudor 66/1
6 The Very Man 8 11-10 Mrs John Harrington Conor Orr 66/1
The Goffer 5 11-6 Gordon Elliott Sam Ewing 18/1
hd I A Connect 7 11-2 Gordon Elliott Fergus Gregory 28/1
10 Silver Sheen 8 10-12 Mrs John Harrington Richard Condon 100/1
Five O'Clock 7 11-7 W P Mullins Jack Foley 15/2
Bigz Belief 5 10-12 Matthew J Smith Liam McKenna 150/1
BD Langer Dan 6 11-3 Dan Skelton Lorcan Williams 7/2F
FELL Grand Jury 6 11-7 Henry De Bromhead Hugh Morgan 22/1
UR Lucky Max 6 11-0 Sean Thomas Doyle Peter Kavanagh 80/1
FELL Decimation 7 11-6 Henry De Bromhead Mike O'Connor 33/1
NR 8 Earlofthecotswolds 8 11-5 Nigel Twiston-Davies NON RUNNER
NR 22 Reserve Tank 8 10-12 Colin Tizzard NON RUNNER


Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Previous Results

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2021 Galopin Des Champs 5 11-09 Sean O'Keeffe W P Mullins Mrs Audrey Turley 8/1 22

2020 Indefatigable 7-11-09 Rex Dingle Paul Webber Philip Rocher 25/1 23

2019 Early Doors 6-11-10 Jonjo O’Neill Jr Joseph O’Brien IRE J P McManus 5/1 24

2018-WINNER-BLOW BY BLOW 7-11-10 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Donagh Meyler; SP-11/1
2ND-Discorama 5-11-02 Owner-Andrew Gemmell & Thomas Friel; Trainer-Paul Nolan IRE; Jockey-Dylan Robinson; SP-33/1
3RD-Early Doors 5-11-08 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Joseph O’Brien IRE; Jockey-J J Slevin; SP-9/1
4TH-Sire Du Berlais 6-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Donal McInerney; SP-10/1
23 ran, Time-5m 22.20s; Dist-5, 1¼, 1¼ 13/2 Fav Flawless Escape (12th)

2017-WINNER-CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC 6-11-03 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-J J Slevin; SP-12/1
2ND-Verni 8-11-00 Owner-Paul & Clare Rooney; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Thomas Cheeseman; SP-25/1
3RD-Runfordave 5-11-05 Owner-Pat Sloan; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Donagh Meyler; SP-9/1
4TH-Coo Star Sivola 5-11-03 Owner-Babbit Racing; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Lizzie Kelly; SP-13/2
23 ran, Time-4m 55.90s; Dist-2¼, 1¼, ½ 9/2 Fav Battleford (8th)

2016-WINNER-IBIS DU RHEU 5-11-07 Owner-John Hales; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Jack Sherwood; SP-14/1
2ND-Flying Angel 5-11-06 Owner-R J Renton; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Ryan Hatch; SP-8/1
3RD-Sky Khan 7-11-03 Owner-The Ormello Way; Trainer-Lucinda Russell; Jockey-Derek Fox; SP-50/1
4TH-Tully East 6-11-08 Owner-Barry Connell; Trainer-Alan Fleming IRE; Jockey-Shane Shortall; SP-50/1
24 ran, Time-4m 51.70s; Dist-1¼, 1¼, 6 9/4 Fav Squouateur (7th)

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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