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Preview of the Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race, the Triumph Hurdle, on the fourth day of Cheltenham.

Adagio leading the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival of horse racing

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DateFriday, March 19, 2021
Start Time13:20 (GMT+0)
Distance2m 1f
Where to WatchCheltenham live stream at MansionBet
Horses’ Age4+ Years
Cheltenham Festival Day 4: Triumph Hurdle

The Triumph Hurdle is a British National Hunt hurdle race held every year as part of the world-famous Cheltenham Festival. As a Grade 1 race, it’s a major event in the yearly hurdles calendar. It’s also the highest-profile event contested exclusively by juveniles.

The race was first inaugurated in 1939 and is currently sponsored by JCB. Traditionally, the JCB Triumph Hurdle has opened the final day of the Festival. This year, its place in the line-up may be in question due to the addition of the new Mares’ Chase.

Nevertheless, the Triumph Hurdle never fails to draw crowds. It’s an opportunity to see great juvenile horses competing at the highest level.

Triumph Hurdle: Tips and Predictions

As a juvenile race, the Triumph Hurdle often introduces audiences to exciting new talent. At the same time, as the contestants are all juveniles, meaning there is serious room to pick a winner with some genuine value in their odds. That might be the reason why only three of the past 12 favourites have won.

At the moment, bookmakers are favouring Zanahiyr, an Irish horse trained by Gordon Elliott. He’s undefeated in hurdles, winning twice in 2020 at Ballinrobe and Fairyhouse. Elliott trained 2018 Triumph Hurdle contestant Farclas, which Jack Kennedy rode to victory that year.

The second favourite, Nassalam, was trained by Gary Moore. After a second-place finish at Clairefontaine in June 2020, Nassalam won twice at Fontwell, in November and December. Meanwhile, Quilixios is coming in undefeated in hurdles. With three wins in three races, 2020 was a good year for this Elliott-trained British horse.

Rounding off the favourites is Duffle Coat, an Irish horse also trained by Gordon Elliott. With four victories in four hurdles races, the horse in on quite a streak. However, all four races took place between September and November, with no intervening breaks.

JCB Triumph Hurdle: Betting Odds

HorsesCurrent Odds
French Aseel11/2
Duffle Coat14/1
Haut En Couleurs22/1
Tax For Max22/1
Saint Sam25/1
Heross Du Seuil28/1
Honneur DAjonc28/1
Talking About You33/1
John Locke33/1
Sage Advice33/1
Hell Red40/1
Mica Malpic40/1
Le Petit Nice40/1
Margarets Legacy40/1
Son Of Red40/1
Heure De Gloire40/1
Curious Bride40/1
Soldier On Parade50/1
Green Book50/1

Triumph Hurdle: Recent Winners

2020Burning VictoryPaul TownendWillie Mullins
2019Pentland HillsNico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson
2018FarclasJack KennedyGordon Elliott
2017Defi du SeuilRichard JohnsonPhilip Hobbs
2016Ivanovich GorbatovBarry GeraghtyAidan O’Brien
Source: Wikipedia
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