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Triumph Hurdle

13:30 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-18

Winner: £75964.5

Runners: 12

Going: Good To Soft

No. of hurdles: 8

Distance: 2m0f179y

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The JCB Triumph Hurdle is the opening race on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. It is a 2m1f Grade 1 contest restricted to four-year-old juvenile hurdlers and is the most prestigious race in the jumps season for this category of jumps horse. It has produced four subsequent Champion Hurdle winners in Clair Soleil, Persian War, Kribensis and Katchit, while 2018 and 2019 Grand National winner Tiger Roll triumphed in 2014. Check the Triumph Hurdle runners and riders ahead of the race and place your bets by clicking the odds buttons.

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9(0)
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Pied Piper

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J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
4
11-0
142
155
Useful on Flat, starting last term over 1m6f and ending at 1m2f, before 225,000gns sale; raced freely and always very prominent in 20-runner maiden hurdle at Punchestown (1m7f, heavy), holding Vauban off gamely by half length; 11-8, held up and settled far better in Grade 2 over C&D (good) seven weeks ago, leading before last and going on for 9l win despite remaining on the bridle; opposition in the latter wasn't great but he looks a top juvenile.
6(0)
11111
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Knight Salute

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J: Paddy Brennan
T: Milton Harris
4
11-0
140
149
Failed to progress on the Flat (fairly useful as 2yo) but things have clicked in a big way in his unbeaten five-race career (all on good or good to soft) for new yard over hurdles; last three wins came in Grade 2s at Cheltenham, Doncaster (from rallying Porticello) and Kempton (by further from Teddy Blue); while this top race demands more, he keeps asserting in clearcut style on the run-in and could have more to give.
8(0)
8122
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Lunar Power

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J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade
4
11-0
137
147
Progressed into a pretty useful middle-distance stayer on Flat on good and good to firm; four hurdle races and he's led or raced close to pace on last three, winning at Punchestown before second in two Graded events won by Fil Dor; put up less resistance last time and it could be that he's better suited by good ground than soft; either way, work to do to win this.
2(0)
11
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Doctor Parnassus

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J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
4
11-0
131
138
0-10 (fair middle-distance form) on the Flat for David O'Meara but half-brother to the very useful hurdler Metier and has made a sparkling switch to hurdling himself, travelling strongly before charging clear in the closing stages in four-runner juvenile event at Ascot (1m7f, soft) and novice at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft; at 4-11); faces much better company today but looks highly promising.
7(0)
11346
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Koi Dodville

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J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
4
11-0
111
114
Fair French 1m2f Flat win on soft; quickfire double last June started his hurdling career but he rather went off the boil later in summer; 100-1 and gelded when back for useful event at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) four weeks ago, jumping moderately and tailing off behind Porticello; big outsider.
10(0)
1-1211
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Porticello

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J: Jamie Moore
T: Gary Moore
4
11-0
140
149
Debut was hurdles win in France (very soft) last April; sole defeat in four British starts came against Knight Salute at Doncaster but rallied to get back within three-quarters of a length; further improvement for wide-margin wins at Chepstow (Grade 1 on soft) and Haydock (heavy); each-way claims.
11(0)
22
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Teddy Blue

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J: Joshua Moore
T: Gary Moore
4
11-0
134
141
Pretty useful Flat form (fourth start) to win 1m6f maiden at Saint-Cloud last September; refused to settle when second last month over hurdles at Lingfield (2m, heavy) and Kempton (good to soft) nine days later, the latter race a Grade 2 in which he was upsides Knight Salute at the last (made a bad mistake); further big improvement is needed but the fitting of a hood could help him to settle and fulfil his potential.
12(0)
21
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Vauban

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
4
11-0
146
158
Progressive four-race Flat campaign in France, winning on soft at 1m3f and 1m4f (Listed race) last two starts; couldn't quite match Pied Piper on hurdles debut at Punchestown (heavy) when the pair drew 15l clear of Tuesday's Fred Winter fourth HMS Seahorse; however, followed that with clearcut win over Fil Dor and hurdling newcomer Il Etait Temps in Grade 1 at Leopardstown (yielding; tongue-tied) six weeks ago and that's the best form in this line-up.
1(0)
73
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Ages Of Man

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J: Jonathan Moore
T: Anthony McCann
4
11-0
0
130
Flat bred and left Godolphin for 20,000gns last July after one French Flat start; showed some ability twice in space of ten days in maiden hurdles in Ireland this year, particularly last time when third at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) to HMS Seahorse who ran so well in the 4yo handicap here on Tuesday; however, vastly better is needed at this top level.
3(0)
1112
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Fil Dor

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J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
4
11-0
142
155
Runner-up over 1m6f in France last June on only Flat start; impressive on hurdling debut at Down Royal before accounting for Lunar Power in both a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (on good; collared him close home) and Grade 2 at Leopardstown (soft; by 7l); that saw him 6-5 favourite for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (yielding) six weeks ago but he was beaten 3l by Vauban, every chance; work to do for win purposes, therefore, but he has pretty good each-way claims.
4(0)
1151
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Icare Allen

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J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
4
11-0
139
153
Bumper winner in France who's taken a maiden at Leopardstown and Grade 3 at Fairyhouse in his new career, the latter (on soft) easily at 4-9 three weeks ago; however, it was rather disappointing in Leopardstown Grade 1 on penultimate start that, having made a big move, he faded so markedly into fifth of nine when crossing swords with Vauban and others in this line-up.
5(0)
5-23
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Il Etait Temps

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J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
4
11-0
0
154
Runner-up at Vichy (1m4f, heavy) in the second of two French bumpers last spring; off until pitched in at the very deep end for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) six weeks ago, when he was 40-1 and started in rear but began passing horses before two out and kept on admirably into third of nine; has nearly 6l to make up on Vauban and almost 3l on Fil Dor, but he must be open to marked improvement as that was his hurdling debut.

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Doctor Parnassus
Vauban has been a short-priced favourite for this race on the strength of his tidy win from Fil Dor in last month's Leopardstown Grade 1 and that is the best form. For his stablemate Il Etait Temps to finish third in that race was almost as eyecatching, seeing as that was his first run both for Willie Mullins and over hurdles. Meanwhile, Pied Piper could not have won more easily over C&D on his latest start. He may prove the pick of the Irish-trained runners, but watch out also for DOCTOR PARNASSUS who has raced in lesser company for his two starts over hurdles, but looked an excellent prospect given the way he put so much daylight between himself and his rivals. Porticello has a place shout.

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