2015 Triumph Hurdle Result
Seven Barrows Dominates Triumph Hurdle With 1-2-3 For Nicky Henderson
Well fancied 2/1 favourite Peace And Co got punters off to a great start in the opening event on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival as he led home a one-two-three for Nicky Henderson in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
The unbeaten son of Falco confirmed his place in the betting under a great ride from Barry Geraghty. Held up in mid division, the bay gelding always looked to be traveling strongly, though had to fight for room on the turn for home before being produced late on to challenge at the final flight and take the contest on the run in with a good turn of foot up the hill to beat 7/1 chance Top Notch by a neck, while 8/1 shot Hargam was a further four lengths behind in third.
Daryl Jacob and Top Notch were unlucky to lose out having led from 2 furlongs out only to be headed in the final 100 yards, while retiring jockey AP McCoy was unable to go with the leading pair aboard Hargam having been in contention at the penultimate flight.
John Ferguson's Devilment was the nearest challenger to Nicky Henderson's trio, while Willie Mullins saddled the fifth horse home, Petite Parisienne, who weakened approaching the last hurdle and his pace-setting stablemate Dicosimo ran out of puff with 2 furlongs to travel to finish eighth.
A Brief Intro Into The Triumph Hurdle
The Triumph Hurdle is the opening race of the final day of the four-day Cheltenham Festival held every March. This Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race is only open to horses aged four years and it takes place on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The race is the leading event in the National Hunt calendar for hurdle novices - as it requires horses to race over a distance of two miles and one furlong (3,420m), in which eight hurdles have to be jumped as well.
The overall purse for the race is approximately £120,000, with the winning horse receiving some £68,000. Given the age requirement for the race, there is a different field each year - allowing the public the opportunity to spot the hurdling stars of the future, in the early stages of their racing careers.
Cheltenham Racecourse generates gate revenues of £7 million over the four-day Cheltenham Festival, with a significant influx of Irish spectators enjoying the performances of the Irish-trained horses.
Over 200,000 pints of Guinness are consumed at the Festival - which also provides major retail opportunities for spectators - and around £1 million is bet on-site on each race.
History Of The Triumph Hurdle
The Triumph Hurdle was originally held at Hurst Park in Surrey between 1939 and 1964, before it was transferred to Cheltenham Racecourse in 1965. In its early years, many of the horses were trained in France. In fact, six of the first seven winners of the race originated from across the Channel.
Flat racing jockey Lestor Piggott won the Triumph Hurdle in 1954, which was just one of his 20 hurdle victories during his long career.
The race first took place during Cheltenham Racecourse’s April meeting following the switch, before being ran during the Cheltenham Festival March meeting for the first time in 1968. Sponsorship of the race came from The Daily Express for a time, before Elite Racing club took over in 1997. JCB then became the current sponsor in 2002.
Four of the Triumph Hurdle winners have subsequently gone on to claim victories in the Champion Hurdle, the prestigious hurdling event held on the opening day of Cheltenham Festival. Clair Soleil (1953), Persian War (1967), Kribensis (1988) and Katchit (2007) went on to win the Champions Hurdle in 1955, 1968-70, 1990 and 2008 respectively.
Leading Triumph Hurdle jockeys with three wins apiece are Jimmy Uttley, with Persian War (1967), England’s Glory (1968) and Boxer (1971), and Barry Geraghty - who succeeded with Spectroscope (2003), Zaynar (2009) and Soldatino (2010).
Trainer Nicky Henderson holds the record number of five wins with his horses, thanks to First Bout (1985), Alone Success (1987), Katarino (1999), Zaynar (2009) and Soldatino (2010).
Traditionally, the Triumph Hurdle welcomed a field of 28 runners. However, the introduction of an alternative handicap for juveniles - the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle - has led to a reduced field size and, with it, a better quality of contenders.
2014 Triumph Hurdle Result
Tiger Roll Lands First JCB Triumph Hurdle For Gordon Elliott
10/1 shot Tiger Roll stayed on strongest to fight off the attentions of 20/1 outsider Kentucky Hyden and the re-opposing Guitar Pete and secure a first ever Triumph Hurdle for trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Davey Russell.
Dessie Hughes had won the race with Our Conor 12 months earlier and his 7/1 chance Guitar Pete had beaten Tiger Roll on his last outing in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle, but had to settle for minor honours in third place, while 11/2 favourite Calipto was back in fourth.
Davey Russel slotted his ride in just off the pace and waited for the race to unfold before making a challenge two flights from home. Tiger Roll took the lead before jumping the last and had plenty left in the tank to make it up the hill, with Nicky Henderson's Kentucky Hyden unable to keep a straight course as his stamina reserves drained away.
Tiger Roll has not quite hit the same heights since winning the Triumph Hurdle, but has subsequently won a minor event at Cheltenham and remains prominent in the betting for the 2015 Champion Hurdle.
2013 Triumph Hurdle Result
Our Conor Takes The JCB Triumph Hurdle With An Impressive Run
The 2013 JCB Triumph Hurdle looked to be an open renewal with several strongly-fancied contenders, including 5/2 favourite Rolling Star - who was an impressive winner for trainer Nicky Henderson on his British debut at Cheltenham’s January meeting.
Meanwhile, Far West from the Paul Nicholls stable was unbeaten in four going into the race, including the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial in December 2012.
The main Irish challenge came from the Dessie Hughes-trained Our Conor, who was already a Grade 1 winner - after a comprehensive victory in Leopardstown’s Spring Juvenile Hurdle in the February.
Sent off the 4/1 joint-second favourite at the Festival - in the hands of Bryan Cooper - Our Conor proved different class to the opposition.
He lead on the bit at the second-last, before storming clear up the hill to record a 15-length victory over the Nicholls pair of Far West and Semategal.
After such an impressive performance, connections immediately named the 2014 Champion Hurdle as the long-term target for the Four-year-old son of Jeremy.
2012 Triumph Hurdle Result
Outsider Countrywide Flame Prevails in Strong Triumph Hurdle Field
Countrywide Flame was a 33/1 surprise winner of a dramatic Triumph Hurdle race, which saw him steal in at the last.
The horse - ridden by jockey Dougie Costello and trained by North Yorkshire-based John Quinn - saw off a strong field, despite several having a better chance coming into the last. Countrywide Flame flew over the final hurdle and stayed the course - as others flagged or fell.
Hisaabaat - who beat Countrywide Flame at Leopardstown the previous month - came in second at 20/1. Race favourite Grumeti only managed third, despite a price of 5/1.
Winning trainer John Quinn said: “He has never run a bad race this year, but I thought he had to find a bit to win. To be fair, he is very tough and he stuck at it.
"He got buffeted about a bit, but Dougie gave him a great ride.”