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Triumph Hurdle TipsWhen is the JCB Triumph Hurdle 2021?

Cheltenham Friday 19th March 1.30pm

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo)

Distance: 2 miles 1 Furlongs

Weights:  11st (7lb filly allowance)


The first race on Gold Cup Day for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival is the JCB Triumph Hurdle, a juvenile hurdle race for four-year olds, over a distance of two miles and one furlong, where they jump eight hurdles.

Jockey Barry Geraghty has won four of the last ten renewals and Nicky Henderson has been responsible for training three of the winners.


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Triumph Hurdle Records

Fastest Win: DETROIT CITY 2006 ridden by Richard Johnson trained by Philip Hobbs finished in 231.2 s – 3 minutes 51.2 seconds

Leading jockey (5 wins):

Barry Geraghty – Spectroscope (2003), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015), Ivanovich Gorbatov (2016)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

Nicky Henderson – First Bout (1985), Alone Success (1987), Katarino (1999), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015), Pentland Hills (2019)

JCB Triumph Hurdle Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – All of the last 12 winners were aged 4.
  • Sex – 11 of the last 12 winners were geldings. 17 fillies have run and just 1 of them won.
  • Trainer – Nicky Handerson 4 and Gordon Elliott 2 are the only trainers to win more than 1 Triumph Hurdle in the last 12 years.
  • Country – 6 of the last 12 winners were bred in France, 5 in Ireland and 1 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 8 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – Geldings carry 11st and fillies 10st 7lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 7 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of between 2/1 and 13/2. 5 were between 9/1 and 33/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 3 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 7 were in the first 3 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 11 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – All of the last 12 winners had run between 16 and 60 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form8 of the last 12 winners won their previous race, All of them had finished in the first 4

Who are the JCB Triumph Hurdle Leading Contenders?

ZANAHIYR – Won his final flat race when with Mick Halford and is now 3 from 3 over hurdles for Gorden Elliott including a Leopardstown Grade 2 on Boxing Day.

QUILIXIOS – 4 comfortable wins over hurdles culminating in a Grade 1 at the Dublin Festival.

FRENCH ASEEL – Flat winner in France, won very impressively on sole hurdle start.

ADAGIO – Progressive course and distance winner, has won 3 from 4 over hurdles including a Grade 1 at Chepstow in January.

What’s Keith’s JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips for 2021?

All the main contenders have a chance if they line up on the day. I have been impressed with QUILIXIOS so far but you will have to wait till 19th March for my final verdict.

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What was Keith’s Triumph Hurdle Tip for 2020?

Here is what Keith wrote about the 2020 Triumph Hurdle.

At four years old these are the babies of the hurdling ranks and likely to be around for years to come.

This looks a competitive renewal but looking through previous winners, I have to eliminate A WAVE OF THE SEA simply because he doesn't have a 100% record this season, and the only recent winner with five or more runs in the season had won five from five.

ASPIRE TOWN is the next one crossed off my list as no winner has fallen on its last run in the last twelve years.

That leaves GOSHEN and ALLMANKIND both unbeaten over hurdles. I am not fond of horses that break the number of days since last won statistic, so ALLMANKIND is scratched which leaves the progressive GOSHEN.

My selection for the Triumph Hurdle 2020 is: GOSHEN 5/1

On the day Keith Keith stuck with GOSHEN which looked like getting off to a great start GOSHEN was 10 lengths clear in the Triumph Hurdle when unseating at the last.

Triumph Hurdle Results

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)
Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £73506 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 13    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo
Winners Time: 4 mins 6.28s   Avg OR: 101     Median OR: 140 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
121stBurning Victory (FR)40Mullins, W PTownend, P12/115.124.20
held up behind, headway on outside after 2 out, stayed on into 2nd and 10 lengths down when left in narrow lead last, ridden out flat, stayed on well towards finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 100
22nd2.75Aspire Tower (IRE)4152Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael5/16.202.32
went left 1st, raced keenly, tracked leader to 5th, remained close up in 3rd, switched wide after 3 out, outpaced by front pair after next, ridden and one pace when left with every chance and went left last, stayed on to take 2nd near finish BF IP MIN 6.2 BF IP MAX 1000
13rd0.75Allmankind4148Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry7/24.672.01
led, joined before 2 out, ridden and headed turning in, readily outpaced by leader and 10 lengths down when left with every chance last, edged right and kept on flat, no extra when lost 2nd near finish BF IP MIN 2.82 BF IP MAX 1000
74th0.75Navajo Pass4139McCain Jnr, DHughes, Brian50/1154.4518.00
chased leaders on inside, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, rallied into 4th after last, kept on, not reach leaders BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000
95th0.5Sir Psycho (IRE)4147Nicholls, P FFrost, Bryony16/142.806.41
in touch, driven after 2 out, no impression when left disputing 4th at last, ridden and kept on flat, not reach leaders BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000
46th1.25Cerberus4140OBrien, Joseph PatrickWalsh, M P20/134.586.92
held up behind, blundered 5th, headway under pressure between last 2, soon ridden, kept on flat, never reached leaders BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000
37thNKA Wave Of The Sea (IRE)4142OBrien, Joseph PatrickGeraghty, B J12/119.134.10
mid-division, pushed along to chase leaders after 3 out, ridden and outpaced after next, kept on under pressure flat, no impression BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
108th4Solo (FR)4157Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry4/15.372.01
tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, ridden and one pace before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 3.05 BF IP MAX 1000
89th1.5Never Do Nothing (IRE)40McConnell, John CMcInerney, Donal J100/1340.0030.00
mid-division, outpaced 2 out, ridden before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 200 BF IP MAX 1000
610th6Lord Lamington4135King, ACannon, Tom J100/1499.0842.49
always behind, outpaced after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 150 BF IP MAX 1000
1311th11Hook Up (FR)40Mullins, W PMullins, D E33/176.4912.54
held up behind on inside, struggling 2 out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 42 BF IP MAX 1000
1112th44Yellow Tiger (FR)40Loughnane, DavidCawley, A P100/1706.3260.00
always towards rear, struggling in rear after 3 out, tailed off next BF IP MIN 200 BF IP MAX 1000
5URGoshen (FR)4151Moore, G LMoore, Jamie5/2 (Fav)3.921.65
tacked front pair, went close 2nd at 5th, challenged before 2 out, led and quickened readily clear turning in, came towards stands side rail soon after, 10 lengths clear and looked in no danger when blundered and unseated rider last BF IP MIN 1.04 BF IP MAX 1000
JCB Triumph Hurdle Previous Winners
DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOdds
Good To Soft14420/1
Good To Soft1744/1
Good To Soft18411/2
Good To Soft1445/1
Good To Soft23411/2
Good To Firm2847/1
Good To Soft23411/4


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Cheltenham Festival Friday

Race Schedule

13:30The JCB Triumph Hurdle2m abt 1fHurdle
14:10The County Handicap Hurdle Race2m abt 1fHurdle
14:50The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Raceabt 3mHurdle
15:30The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt 2½ fChase
16:10The St. James’s Foxhunter Chase3m abt 2½ fChase
16:50The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase2m abt ½fChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m abt 4½ fHurdle

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