- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 Northern Trust Novices Chase
- 5:30 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Boodles Handicap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 Marsh Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Dawn Run Mares Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Triumph Hurdle Tips - 1:30pm Cheltenham
2020 Triumph Hurdle Preview
The last day of the Festival kicks off with the Triumph Hurdle and this year it looks a wide open contest with lots of horses coming here on the back of some impressive performances.
Nicky Henderson took the prize last year, the fourth time since 2009 and the seventh in total. He surprisingly has very few juveniles this year and will be represented by Grand Roi who is owned by the Million In Mind syndicate.
He won on his bumper debut at Wincanton but then was only fourth when stepped up to Listed company next time. He was switched to hurdles immediately and ran out an easy winner of a weak contest at Fakenham. He followed up at Warwick where he won by 13 lengths and is clearly a horse with plenty of potential. The youngster has a bit learn but is completely unexposed.
Two unbeaten 4yo’s have been grabbing the headlines in the lead up to this race and Dan Skelton’s Allmankind is at the top of the market. His front-running style is exciting to watch and it will be interesting to see how quick he goes on this track.
He was rated 90 on the flat when with Michael Bell and was immediately given a wind op once landing at the Skelton’s. He made his debut at his local track at Warwick and bolted up by 37 lengths. He pulled like a train that day and many thought he wouldn’t be able to run like this in better company.
He came to Cheltenham next for a Grade 2 contest and adopted similar tactics, obviously he couldn’t dominate as much in this grade but still came home full of running to win by 2 ½ lengths. He then went to Chepstow for the Grade 1 ‘Finale’ and completely ran away with the race and won impressively by 9 lengths.
He has yet to see a rival since going over hurdles and seems to have a very good engine, he jumps well and will take some stopping here.
Another horse with three wins under his belt is Goshen trained by Gary Moore. He also won three time son the flat before seeing a hurdle and was rated 88 and improving when last seen on the level at Nottingham in October.
Goshen made a very similar hurdles debut to Allmankind in the fact that he took a small race completely apart by blasting off from the front and won by 23 lengths unchallenged. Next time out he went to Sandown and also went up in class by contesting a Class 2 race, he raced keenly once again and bolted up by an impressive 34 lengths.
Last time out he was forced to go to Ascot after the weather had interrupted his plans elsewhere. It was pretty much the same story as he bolted up by 11 lengths and amazingly finished the race without either of his front shoes.
It promises to be a proper speed test this year and if both Allmankind and Goshen turn up in top form it will be interesting to see the tactics and who can leave a bit in the tank for the dreaded hill.
Gary Moore also has a useful sort in Botox Has, he was second to stablemate Allmankind here in November and has since won the Triumph Hurdle Trial over C/D by 5 lengths from Langer Dan who hails from the Skelton yard. Another interesting clue to add to the plot.
Paul Nicholls last won this race with Zarkandar back in 2011 and saddles one for J.P.McManus in the shape of Mick Pastor. He was made favourite for his hurdles debut here in November but couldn’t live with Allmankind on that occasion. He was given a few weeks off and looked a different proposition when bolting up at Ludlow in a first time tongue strap. There is more to come from him and could go well at a price.
The main hope from Ditcheat appears to be the ex-French hurdler Solo, he made a very impressive UK debut at Kempton recently and looked a very useful addition to the yard. He bolted up by 13 lengths and could be anything, of course we dont know what the form amounts to, but he has to go on the shortlist.
The Irish have won this race 4 times since 2013, a much improved stat compared with the single winner they had in the dozen years prior to that. No doubt they take this race more seriously these days and there best hope may be Aspire Tower trained by Henry De Bromhead.
Aspire Tower was an 86 rated flat horse trained by Steve Gollings before going over to Ireland. He made his hurdles debut at Punchestown and ran out an impressive winner by 13 lengths. He was then made favourite for a Grade 2 contest on Boxing Day at Leopardstown and absolutely bolted up by 18 lengths, he went into many notebooks after that as a definite player in this race.
Since then the wheels slightly came off at the Dublin Festival when he came down at the final hurdle when contesting the lead in a Grade 1 contest. It’s hard to know what would have happened and the race went to the Joseph O’Brien horse A Wave Of The Sea who had previously been well beaten by Aspire Tower.
A Wave Of The Sea was running well whatever the outcome compared to his lacklustre performance on Boxing Day so he has to come into calculations on the back of this. Wolf Prince and another McManus horse Cerebus were not far behind at Leopardstown.
Cerebus has form with Allmankind from Chepstow where he finished second beaten 9 lengths and on a strict form line on that one run the Irish runners have a bit to find here.Punters Lounge Tip: Allmankind 5/1 at bet365 - Click Here To Bet