|Date||Friday, March 19, 2021|
|Start Time||13:20 (GMT+0)|
|Where to Watch||Cheltenham live stream at MansionBet|
|Horses’ Age||4+ Years|
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
|Haut En Couleurs|
|Tax For Max|
|Heross Du Seuil|
|Talking About You|
|Le Petit Nice|
|Son Of Red|
|Heure De Gloire|
|Soldier On Parade|
Triumph Hurdle: Recent Winners
|2020||Burning Victory||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins|
|2019||Pentland Hills||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson|
|2018||Farclas||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott|
|2017||Defi du Seuil||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2016||Ivanovich Gorbatov||Barry Geraghty||Aidan O’Brien|