Cheltenham Triumph Hurdle
Triumph Hurdle betting verdict
Grandouet is a lightly raced sort who can give Nicky Henderson a third consecutive winner in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. This French import’s comfortable win in a juvenile hurdle in December on his penultimate start looks good form and he looks sure to go well here. But he has fifteen lengths to find with SAM WINNER on his last visit to Cheltenham and Paul Nicholls’ horse looks a classy hurdler in the making. He can be forgiven for his Chepstow defeat last time where the race wasn’t run to suit while Nicholls’ other runner Brampour could reward each way punters. Get a free £25 bet with William Hill.
JCB Triumph Hurdle odds
This race has thrown up some real stars, more recently the Nicky Henderson trained Zaynar and not forgetting the likes of Katchit and Celestial Halo have been first home in the last few years. And again we just can’t get away from Nicky Henderson (Philip Hobbs and Alan King have also shared four successes in this race in the last ten years) as we prepare to take in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. No active trainer has won more races than Nicky and he has excellent records in the majority of the Cheltenham festival races. It may seem like a broken record, but any representative he sends from his Berkshire stable must enter calculations, after all he does know how to ready a horse for this demanding hurdle. In fact, he’s looking for a hat-trick in the race following the successes of Zaynar (2009) and more recently Soldatino (2010) so you wouldn’t bet against it happening – would you?
Barry Geraghty has been top jockey in the JCB Triumph hurdle in the last decade, he is Henderson’s stable jockey of course and when they team up again for this one in March, they are sure to be in with a shout. Geraghty rode Soldatino and he was making only his second start in last years contest but defied odds of 6/1 to beat the more experienced Barizan by a length-and-three-quarters. The juveniles on show in March must be followed closely in their trial runs especially the Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle in late January. This could serve up a real treat for punters who already have one eye on the festival showdown.
The quantity of this Triumph field has reduced somewhat in recent years, partly because of the fourth day addition to the festival which have created other potential routes and races for these juveniles to try their hand at. That is not to say the field has been stripped of quality and if anything it has led to classier entries who have set this race as a benchmark to tackle with months of preparation beforehand. And those well fancied runners might just find themselves in the picture near home in this race because there has been no double priced winner in the last six runnings of this event. So edge your bets towards the top end of the market but ebb on the side of caution – only one market leader has won this since the turn of the millennium!
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