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Triumph Hurdle TipsWhen is the JCB Triumph Hurdle 2023?

Cheltenham Friday 17th 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 2023 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 3 and Gordon Elliott 2 are the only trainers to win more than 1 Triumph Hurdle in the last 12 years.
  • Country – 5 of the last 12 winners were bred in France, 5 in Ireland and 2 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 9 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 – None 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?

VAUBAN can gain revenge on the unbeaten Pied Piper in Friday’s Festival opener having come up short against that rival on his hurdles debut.

Willie Mullins’ charge was a very useful winner on the flat prior to joining the Closutton handler and he was arguably unlucky not to make a winning start to his hurdling career behind Pied Piper at Punchestown in December where he was beaten only a half-length.

However he met with plenty of trouble in running up the straight and he didn’t help himself with a mistake at the last obstacle. Despite the defeat it was a very eyecatching performance and he stepped up for that experience to readily beat Fil Dor at Leopardstown in the Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle.

Pied Piper has of course won at Cheltenham since but what he beat that day doesn’t represent the strongest form and the Mullins runner can turn the tables this time when the pair clash in March.



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 Our JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips?

Here's what we said:

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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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.

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Triumph Hurdle Results

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £75964 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 12    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo
Winners Time: 4 mins 5.85s   Avg OR: 114     Median OR: 138     Hurdles: 8

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
121stVauban (FR)411-0146Mullins, W PTownend, P6/4 (Fav)
keen behind leaders, not fluent 2nd, travelled strongly when switched to near rail and led before last where not fluent, quickened clear flat BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 2.76 Owner: Mrs S Ricci
32nd2.5Fil Dor (FR)411-0142Elliott, GordonRussell, D N11/2
pressed leader, disputed lead 2nd, close up 4th, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on strongly flat BF IP MIN 4.8 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Caldwell Construction Ltd
93rdNKPied Piper411-0142Elliott, GordonKennedy, J W7/2
restrained in midfield, awkward 1st, headway travelling strongly 2 out, almost upsides before last, close up flat, no extra close home BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Caldwell Construction Ltd
44th4.75Icare Allen (FR)411-0139Mullins, W PWalsh, M P10/1
prominent, ridden and almost upsides before last, one pace flat BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr John P McManus
55th1.25Il Etait Temps (FR)411-00Mullins, W PMullins, D E12/1
pulled hard in midfield, hit 1st, still keen approaching 2 out, ridden and almost upsides before last, faded flat BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Barnane Stud
106th2.25Porticello (FR)411-0140Moore, G LMoore, Jamie8/1
led narrowly, joined 2nd, narrow advantage 4th, headed 2 out, ridden before last, soon weakened BF IP MIN 7.6 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr O S Harris
27th0.75Doctor Parnassus (IRE)411-0131Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry25/1
restrained towards rear, steady headway 3 out, ridden before last, one pace BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr D W Fox
88th4.5Lunar Power (IRE)411-0137Meade, NoelFlanagan, S W80/1
midfield, lost ground 3 out, ridden after 2 out, soon beaten BF IP MIN 160 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs Patricia Hunt
69th3.75Knight Salute411-0140Harris, M FBrennan, P J16/1
held up towards rear, awkward 1st, some headway 2 out, ridden and no impression before last BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Four Candles Partnership
1110th5Teddy Blue (GER)411-0134Moore, G LMoore, Joshua40/1
pulled hard early, towards rear, awkward 4th,not fluent 2 out and ridden, detached before last BF IP MIN 90 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Hale Sargent Evans Clifton
711th3.5Koi Dodville (FR)411-0111Pipe, D EScudamore, Tom200/1
always towards rear BF IP MIN 950 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Stuart M Mercer
112th27Ages Of Man (IRE)411-00McCann, AnthonyMoore, J M200/1
towards rear, jumped right 1st, last place 3rd, pushed along before 3 out, detached soon after, tailed off before last BF IP MIN 310 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Miss Rita Shah

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £52753 Dir: Left Handed
Runners8    GoingGood To Soft    ClassClass 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions4yo
Winners Time: 4 mins 6.37s   Avg OR: 107     Median OR: 139.5  

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
41stQuilixios411-0147Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael2/1
tracked leader, led 2 out, 2 lengths ahead travelling strongly approaching last, shaken up and quickened right away run-in, impressive BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 5.1
12nd3.25Adagio (GER)411-0145Pipe, D EScudamore, Tom10/1
tracked leading trio, closer on outside before 2 out, 2nd soon after 2 out, 2 lengths down and pushed along last, stayed on to hold 2nd but never going pace of winner run-in BF IP MIN 3.3 BF IP MAX 1000
23rdHDHaut En Couleurs (FR)411-00Mullins, W PTownend, P20/1
held up in 6th, closer 3 out, went 3rd between last 2, stayed on run-in pressing for 2nd, never going pace of winner BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
74th1.25Zanahiyr (IRE)411-0149Foster, Mrs DeniseKennedy, J W11/8 (Fav)
bit keen tracking leaders on inside, outpaced in 4th between last 2, soon ridden and no impression, plugged on BF IP MIN 2.3 BF IP MAX 1000
65th11Tritonic411-0147King, AHeskin, A P4/1
held up in 5th on inside, outpaced before 2 out, no chance after BF IP MIN 4.5 BF IP MAX 1000
56th9Tax For Max (GER)411-00Mullins, W PJacob, Daryl33/1
pulled hard in last pair, pushed along and outpaced before 2 out, never on terms BF IP MIN 42 BF IP MAX 1000
87th14Talking About You410-7134Curran, SBannister, Harry A A125/1
raced keenly, led and set steady pace, jinked left approaching hit 2 out and headed, weakened soon after, tailed off BF IP MIN 130 BF IP MAX 1000
38th3Historic Heart (IRE)411-0131Hawke, N JNoonan, David G125/1
last pair, jumped slowly 5th, outpaced and lost touch after 3 out, tailed off BF IP MIN 240 BF IP MAX 1000

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)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft1246/411-014641d
Good To Soft842/111-014740d
Good To Soft14420/111-0018d
Good To Soft1744/111-015034d
Good To Soft18411/211-015055d
Good To Soft1445/111-013941d
Good To Soft23411/211-014448d
Good To Firm2847/110-9019d
Good To Soft23411/411-0019d

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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 Place Open Hunters 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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