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When is the JCB Triumph Hurdle 2020?

Cheltenham Friday 13th 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 2020 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.

 

JCB Triumph Hurdle Trends and Statistics

Here are the JCB Triumph Hurdle 12 year statistics and trends.

  • Age – This race is for four year olds only.
  • Starting Price – While only three of the last twelve favourites have won, eight of the last twelve winners have returned an SP of 13/2 or less.
  • Last Run – Seven of the last twelve winners won on their last run before Cheltenham. All of the last twelve winners had their last run no more than 55 days ago.
  • Course Form – Just two of the last twelve winners had a previous run at Cheltenham both of them won.
  • Distance Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one run over between 1m 7f and 2m 1f, eleven of them had at least one win over that trip.
  • Hurdle Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one previous runs over hurdles and at least one win over hurdles.
  • Official Rating – Nine of the last twelve winners were rated 139 or higher, the other three didn’t have a BHA rating.
  • Graded Wins – Five of the last twelve winners had at least one win in a Grade 3 or higher race.
  • Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run in the current season and at least one win during the season.

Who are the JCB Triumph Hurdle Leading Contenders?

The leading contenders for the 2020 JCB Triumph Hurdle are:

  • ALLMANKIND – Was a fairly useful performer on the flat, but has stepped up from that since moving to the Dan Skelton yard and going hurdling, winning three from three, including the trial for this race in November.
  • GOSHEN – Has won all of his three hurdle starts with a bit in hand, and should be up to this step up in class.
  • ASPIRE TOWER – Won his first two hurdles nicely, and looked like making it three from three when falling at the last when odds on at Leopardstown in February.
  • A WAVE OF THE SEA – The most experienced in the field, has won three from six over hurdles including that Leopardstown Grade one where ASPIRE TOWER fell.

What’s Keith’s JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips for 2020?

Here is Keith’s tip for 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

As this article is written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 4. 

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What was Keith’s Triumph Hurdle Tip for 2019?

Last year for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, Free Racing Tips Tipster Keith advised:

The unbeaten SIR EREC trained by Joseph O’Brien is a short priced favourite in the ante post markets but to be fair I am looking for a bit more value.

QUEL DESTIN has won 4 from 5 since joining Paul Nicolls from France but the one that appeals to me is TORPILLO from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard, who has won impressively from the front on his last two runs.

My selection TORPILLO 14/1 each way can make all.

Result: TORPILLO was a Non Runner.

On the morning of the race Keith advised QUEL DESTIN who led until headed between the last two flights and faded to fifth of eleven.

 

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JCB Triumph Hurdle Previous Winners

  • 2008 Celestial Halo Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
  • 2009 Zaynar Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
  • 2010 Soldatino Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
  • 2011 Zarkandar Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
  • 2012 Countrywide Flame Dougie Costello John Quinn
  • 2013 Our Conor Bryan Cooper Dessie Hughes
  • 2014 Tiger Roll Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
  • 2015 Peace And Co Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
  • 2016 Ivanovich Gorbatov Barry Geraghty Aidan O’Brien
  • 2017 Defi du Seuil Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
  • 2018 Farclas Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
  • 2019 Pentland Hills Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson

As these articles are written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 4. 

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