- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
2019 Triumph Hurdle Preview & Tips - 1.30pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by FEB 5th-10th
Our Triumph Hurdle tips reveal that the favourite has won the opening race on the final day for the last three years and despite the size of the field we have only had one surprise victory (Countrywide Flame 33/1) in the last dozen renewals.
Trainer Nicky Henderson, who will be going for his seventh victory in the Triumph Hurdle, has dominated the ante-post market. Both Apple’s Shakira and We Have A Dream have won their last four starts and there is only a pound between them on official ratings. Unfortunately We Have A Dream is a late non-runner but the yard still arrive full of confidence and will have the race favourite.
So lets start with Apple’s Shakira who actually opened her account at Vichy in her native France back in May. She was quickly snapped up by JP McManus and has since won three races, all at Cheltenham. The first victory was in November when she won a Grade 2 contest by 17 lengths, to be fair that form hasn’t really worked out.
Next time out she faced slightly better opposition and won by 3 ½ lengths on the bridle. Her third victory was in a so-called trial race here but she was a 1/7 favourite and was never in danger. It’s hard to judge how good she actually is and also all of her races have been in very soft ground so who knows what she will make of a sounder surface.
Alan King has won this race a coupe of times and he has another live contender in Redicean who was a winner on the flat back in October. He made his hurdles debut at Kempton at the Christmas meeting and was quite impressive when winning by ten lengths from Haulani.
He went back to the same venue a couple of weeks later and did a similar job and has yet to be extended. On ratings alone he has to improve again to trouble the main contenders but he stays well and goes on any ground and I’m sure the trainer has left something to work on.
Sussex Ranger has done well since switching to hurdles for trainer Gary Moore, he was a 76 rated flat horse who stayed two miles so ultimately he may want further than this trip to show his best.
He won his first two starts at Fontwell and Sandown and then bumped into We Have A Dream at Chepstow. He only went down by a length and a half and probably wouldn’t have liked the sticky ground that day. He deserves to take his chance but might find one or two of these a bit speedy on decent ground.
The Irish have won the Triumph three times in the last five years so need to be taken seriously. Willie Mullins last won it back in 2002 so is due a bit of luck and he has several options. At the moment is best hope lies with Mr Adjudicator who bolted up on his hurdles debut and then followed up in the Grade 1 juvenile race at Leopardstown in February.
He beat Farclas in a tight finish but the pair pulled well clear of the others and both horses came out of the race with plenty of credit.
Farclas has now finished second in two top juvenile races and is obviously a smart horse. He will be the leading hope of Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown who won this with Tiger Roll back in 2014. He had previously finished second to the well regarded Espoir D'Allen who now misses the race through injury. That was a decent run and deserves his place in the line up.
Another decent juvenile to look at is Stormy Ireland, he is owned by Jared Sullivan and has only had one run since coming over from France. He came with hurdling experience and put that to good use when running out an emphatic winner by an amazing 58 lengths at Fairyhouse. He could be absolutely anything and has to come into calculations.
A third Mullins runner is the once-raced Saldier, he has come late on the scene having made his hurdling debut only 27 days ago. He won by 10 lengths that day at Gowran but was an odds on favourite so only did what was expected. Obvioulsy he's a bit of an unknown quantity but was running in Group races on the level in France.
Punters Lounge Tip: Farclas 7/1 at Paddy Power - Click Here To Bet
Triumph Hurdle Runners
Triumph Hurdle Trends
|10/10 Winners||Had last ran within 50 days|
|10/10 Winners||Had a 50%+ strike rate over hurdles|
|9/10 Winners||Were either Irish or French bred|
|7/10 Favourites||Did NOT win the race|
|8/10 Winners||Were from first 3 in the betting|
|8/10 Winners||Had won a Class 3 race or better|
|6/10 Winners||Had ran on the flat|
|7/10 Winners||Rated 140 or higher|
|7/10 Winners||Were trained in Britain|
|7/10 Winners||Won last time out|
Triumph Hurdle Previous Winners
|2018||Farclas||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott||9/1|
|2017||Defi Du Seuil||Ricahrd Johnson||Philip Hobbs||5/2|
|2016||Ivanovich Gorbatov||Barry Geraghty||Aidan O'Brien||9/2|
|2015||Peace And Co||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||2/1|
|2014||Tiger Roll||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||10/1|
|2013||Our Conor||Bryan Cooper||Dessie Hughes||4/1|
|2012||Countrywide Flame||Dougie Costello||John Quinn||33/1|
|2011||Zarkandar||Daryl Jacob||Paul Nicholls||13/2|
|2010||Soldatino||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||6/1|
|2009||Zaynar||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||11/2|
|2008||Celestial Halo||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||5/1|