JCB Triumph Hurdle Form Guide
Previous winners such as Katchit and Detroit City highlighted how their form in the build up to the race was important to allowing punters the opportunity to pick out the winner. We often see a decent sized field in the Triumph with plenty of excellent young juveniles hoping to make the big step up at the Festival.
We have been following the main contenders right through the season, all of the well backed horses are featured from their first run right through until the Cheltenham Festival. One race that we focused on this year is the Juvenile Novices' Hurdle trial at the Cheltenham trials day, we often see some nice types in this one and we are expecting this year to be no different.
JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial Races
- Adonis Hurdle - Feb
2014 JCB Triumph Hurdle Latest Form
Musselburgh played host to its Cheltenham trials day recently and the most impressive performance of the day came from Broughton. The John Ferguson trained juvenile won the Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial in good style ahead of Clarcam. Broughton was beaten a head by Fox Norton at Doncaster last time out but he got his head in front here to win five lengths. It was very testing conditions which should be noted and while he will need to improve to win at the Festival, there is no doubt that he deserves to take his chance.
The Spring Juvenile Hurdle on Irish Hennessy day at Leopardstown is always a classy race and we saw a very impressive performance from Guitar Pete. Dessie Hughes on this race last season with Our Conor and he followed up with Guitar Pete who ran well from the front in testing conditions. Tiger Roll ran well to finis in second place while the well fancied Plinth jumped terrible but still stayed on ok to claim a third place. Pre-race favourite Ivan Grozny just didn't pick up for Ruby Walsh and he was the disappointment of the race with the Triumph Hurdle in mind.
Paul Nicholls is having another strong season and his top juvenile Calipto once again proved himself to be top class at Newbury. He won the Betfair Novices Hurdle in bottomless ground over two miles on super Saturday. He quickened up well to pull clear of Little Jon and while he does hold an entry for the Supreme, he is likely to head to the Triumph were he has leading claims.
The Adonis Hurdle is perhaps the best Triumph Hurdle trial in terms of recent winners and that ensures that this year's winner, Activial, has to be a major threat at the Festival. The Harry Fry trained horse was beaten by Calipto earlier in the season but looked to be better this time as he pulled clear of the field to win the Adonis for Harry Fry. Commissioned ran well for John Ferguson in second place but he was no match for the winner and although he was rightly cut for the Triumph Hurdle after this win, Fry did say that he is not a definite Cheltenham runner at this stage.
Willie Mullins has another potential Triumph Hurdle horse in his yard this season in the form of the the highly exciting Ivan Grozny. The former French flat horse won his first race over hurdles at Naas recently in the Book Hospitality On Line Maiden Hurdle over two miles. It was a highly impressive win, albeit in maiden company, and the feeling is that this horse could still be anything. He hacked up that day in testing conditions which should be noted and following the injury to Analifet, Ivan Grozny could be the first string for Mullins in the Triumph Hurdle.
John Quinn won the Triumph Hurdle with Countrywide Flame a few years back and he looks to have a nice juvenile on his hands once again this season in the form of Rutherglen. The former flat horse has taken to hurdles well and he picked up another impressive win at Musselburgh on New Years Day. Conceding weight, Rutherglen scooted clear up the run-in when asked too and while the field didn't look too strong, there could be more to come from this exciting juvenile.
The Triumph Hurdle trial on Trials day at Cheltenham is always of interest with the Festival in mind and we saw a very taking performance from Le Rocher. The Nick Williams trained juvenile pulled well clear of Kentucky Hyden in testing conditions to win by ten lengths in the end. He looks to be improving with every run and proved he was happy in heavy ground and will be bidding to become the first horse since Katchit in 2007 to follow up a win here with a win at the Festival in March.
Willie Mullins nearly always has a nice juvenile or two in his powerful yard and that is certainly the case this season. The classy Analifet won her second race of the season at Fairyhouse at the start of the month with Ruby Walsh almost motionless on-board the horse. The former French horse, now owned by Gigginstown, looked a class act as she skipped clear of the field in the Juvenile Hurdle and with more improvement likely to come, she is very much a leading contender in the Triumph Hurdle betting.
Nicky Henderson always has a nice juvenile on his hands and that looks to be the case once again this season. The Champion Trainer saddled Kentucky Hyden to a winning debut success at Sandown in the Movember Spitfire Ale Juvenile Hurdle. The French recruit simply hacked up to alert punters to his class and although it is too early to see what he beat, it certainly looks as though he could be a live Triumph contender.
There was more success for Nicky Henderson in the Juvenile division at the Cheltenham Open Meeting with Royal Irish Hussar making it two wins from two this season. Under a good ride from Barry Geraghty, Royal Irish Hussar won the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial in good style from Guitar Pete to see his Festival price trimmed and it remains to seen if he is as good as his stable mate, Kentucky Hyden.
Paul Nicholls has been the master of bringing French recruits to England over the last few years and he could have another one this season in the form of Calipto. The juvenile had his first run in the UK at Newbury during the Hennessy meeting and he impressed to win by just under four lengths. He showed a good turn of foot to move clear of the field and while it is difficult to asses the form of the Newbury race, Calipto is certainly one to watch ahead of the Triumph Hurdle.
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