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
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The Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial at Musselburgh often throws up a decent winner and we saw a very nice performance from the highly touted Hargam. The Nicky Henderson juvenile was given a good ride by AP McCoy as he won on the bridle ahead of the decent Starchitect who was six lengths back. He travelled like a very good horse and although its hard to equate this form to a Triumph Hurdle, he is clearly a nice type who could still be anything.
The Triumph Hurdle race on Cheltenham Trials Day is always a key trial with the festival in mind and we saw a nice performance from Peace And Co who enhanced his reputation further.The Nicky Henderson trained juvenile was pulling for his head in the early stages as they went slowly but he soon settled before pulling away from Karezak on the run who is a solid yard stick. Peace And Co is clearly still an inexperienced horse bit his talent is without question and he now goes straight to the Festival.
Nicky Henderson always seems to have a strong juvenile or two on his hands and we saw a stunning performance from the Seven Barrows trained Peace And Co at Doncaster. Making his British debut, Peace And Co travelled strongly throughout before pulling clear of some excellent horses like Starchitecht without even coming off the bridle and this horse could be anything at this stage of the season.
There was a big shock at Leopardstown on Boxing Day as red hot favourite and Triumph Hurdle fancy Kalkir was beaten at odds on in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle. The Willie Mullins horse had beat a stellar reputation but he was well beaten by 33/1 shot Fiscal Focus who was making his jumping debut for Desmond McDonogh. the ground was testing which surely played into the strengths of the winner and while we should not discard Kalkir at this stage, it has taken the shine off of his reputation.
Nigel Twiston-Davies ran Bristol De Mai at Chepsotw on Welsh National day for his British debut and he duly obliged under a good ride from Daryl Jacob as he put in a very impressive performance. He looked to have a very nice engine on him as he travelled round well before pulling clear of Karezak who is a solid yard stick with the winner capable of being anything or nothing at this stage.
The juvenile Hurdle at the Open Meeting each November is always a good race to follow with the Triumph Hurdle in mind and we saw two very nice horses battle out a finish this season. The Nicky Henderson trained Hargam travelled well before idling in front to allow the Philip Hobbs trained Golden Doyen to claim a very nice victory. The pair of them both look above average and although Hargem was beaten, he lost little in defeat and both were cut in the Triumph hurdle betting after this one.
Willie Mullins always has a nice juvenile on his hands each season and that certainly looks like the case this season with Kalkir making a big impression first time out. Kalkir travelled well before pulling clear of a strong field at Fairyhouse at the end of the month and it certainly was a taking performance on the eye. Owned by Rich Ricci, Kalkir immediately became favourite for the Triumph Hurdle and it is hard to argue with that at this relatively early stage.
David Pipe appears to have a strong hand this season and that is also the case with the juvenile division on the face of it. The Pond House trainer saddled Stars Over The Sea to victory in on his hurdling debut at Kempton Park and he could well make up into a very nice horse indeed. By the legendary Derby winner Sea the Stars, Stars Over The Sea jumped and travelled really well on his debut and although it is hard to match up the form at this early stage, there is no doubt that this is a talented horse who could be one to watch in this division.
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