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.
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The Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown always sees the best of the Irish juveniles clash and that was the case here. We saw something of a shock result though as hot favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov didn't really land a blow although he should be better on spring ground which means we cannot rule him out. The winner was Footpad who showed a good turn of foot to beat Allblack Des Places into 2nd place and both of those are now likely to head to Cheltenham with decent claims in March.
Paul Nicholls decided to send Connetable to the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown against older horses and it paid off as he beat some very good horses like Peace And Co to enter the Triumph picture. He was beaten by Gibralfaro at Ascot last month which is now looking like decent form and this was another step up in form for the Nicholls horse to muddy the juvenile picture even further this season.
Alan King decided to send Sceau Royal to Huntingdon for a low quality juvenile hurdle in mid-January and it was an impressive win from the horse. Particularly taking was the way Sceau Royal jumped at Huntingdon as he took lengths out of the field at every obstacle and he was equally impressive in the way he powered clear of the field. A very game horse, he will of course need to do it better company but he could be an each-way bet come the Festival.
Alan King is a terrific trainer of juvenile hurdlers and he had two winners on the same day in December when Sceau Royal and Who Dares Wins both took the eye. Sceau Royal won the Triumph Hurdle trial at Cheltenham and as such proved himself at Prestbury Park which is a major plus, while Who Dares Wins hacked up at Doncaster to win the Summit Juvenile Hurdle and both have to be contenders.
Who Dares Wins was perhaps the more impressive on the eye as he travelled in style but Sceau Royal looked tough and game and both have to be considered for March, especially as each-way contenders.
We saw a terrific winner of the 3-Y-O Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas in the form of Ivanovich Gorbatov. The Aidan O'Brien trained hurdler was a very smart performer on the flat and he looked very good indeed on his first start over hurdles in ground that would likely to have been too testing for him. He is obviously still a little green but class is without question and Ivanovich Gorbatov might be one of the better Juveniles in training this winter.
It has been a terrific start to the season so far for Dan Skelton and he now looks to have a really classy juvenile in his yard in the form of Kasakh Noir. The horse streaked well clear of the field to win the Juvenile Hurdle at the Hennessy Meeting at Newbury and although this was very testing ground, it was hard not be impressed by this clearly progressive sort.
Our Conor won the Juvenile Hurdle on Drinmore Novices Chase Day at Fairyhouse before going onto win the Triumph and it will be fascinating to see if Rashaan can follow in those hoofsteps. The Colin Kidd trained juvenile simply demolished a very highly touted odds-on favourite to win this race and on the face of it, this was perhaps the best juvenile display of the season far.
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Cheltenham Festival - Betting Tips
Following on from last year, we are delighted to announce that we are featuring horse racing tips from Channel Four Racing presenter, Tom Lee.
Tom appears on Channel 4's Morning Line & covers live Racing in the afternoon as well fronting RTE's Racing coverage in Ireland, his Cheltenham Festival Tips and previews of each day's Racing will be available during the Festival and supported with opinions and views from our Racing writers.
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