Triumph Hurdle Tips 2021 – Preview, Odds, Recent Winners and Trends

The Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle, run over 2 miles 1 furlong on the New Course at Cheltenham, is the main championship for juvenile, or 4-year-old hurdlers at the Cheltenham Festival.

As such, it is a difficult race to assess and not made any easier by the fact that leading trainers are often mob-handed. At the time of writing, Willie Mullins has eight entries, Gordon Elliott has five and Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have three apiece.


JCB Triumph Hurdle Preview

  • Zanahiyr
  • Adagio
  • Tritonic



The pick of the Elliott-trained quintet is the ante-post favourite, Zanahiyr (11/4), who is unbeaten in three starts over hurdles and took the step up to Grade Two company firmly in his stride when winning easily at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. The Nathaniel gelding looks short enough at his current odds, but sets a decent standard and his trainer has won the JCB Triumph Hurdle twice before.



Course and distance winner Adagio (10/1), trained by David Pipe, is already a Grade One winner, having readily beaten Nassalam (16/1) by 2½ lengths in the Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in January. He has tasted defeat over hurdles just once, when second, beaten 5 lengths, behind Duffle Coat (14/1) in the Grade Two JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial Juvenile Hurdle on the Old Course in November. He appears to have improved, significantly, in the interim but needs to have done so to reverse that form on 5lb worse terms here.



The Master of Barbury Castle, Alan King, also knows what’s required to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle, having saddled Penzance in 2005 and subsequent Champion Hurdle winner Katchit in 2007. He looks to have another potentially smart recruit in the form of Tritonic (12/1), who was rated 99 on the Flat and justified favouritism on his hurdling debut at Ascot in January. The bare bones of that form do not look anything out of the ordinary, but his Flat racing experience should stand him in good stead for this much sterner test. Having an extra furlong-and-a-half to travel on a testing course probably won’t do him any harm either.


Triumph Hurdle Betting Tips

The opener on Gold Cup Day is the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle for the juveniles. Tritonic was the best of this lot on the flat and he’s proven to be an exceptional juvenile this season already. He was very impressive last time out when powering clear to win the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton and he finds plenty for pressure. I feel like the new course will suit him better because his hurdling has looked a little sketchy at times.

He’s a lively contender but the one for me here is ZANAHIYR (6/4). He’s looked a real star this season winning all three of his career starts. He’s very slick at his hurdles and I think the fast pace of a Truimph will bring out even more improvement. He was exceptional on the clock when beating Boodles runner-up Saint Sam back in November at Fairyhouse and he backed that up with another decent victory in a Grade 3 contest over Christmas. Top prospect.

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Triumph Hurdle Trends

Age – Race is for 4yo’s only.

Price – Only 3 of the last 12 favorites have won, 7/12 winners have been in the top 3 in the betting.

Last Run – 8/12 winners won on their last run before the Triumph Hurdle, 12/12 winners had their last run no more than 55 days ago.

5/12 winners ran in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Leopardstown) on their last run, 1 of the 5 won, 3 placed.

2/12 winners ran in the Finesse Juvenile Hurdle (Cheltenham) on their last run, 2 of the 2 won.

2/12 winners ran in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Kempton) on their last run, 2 of the 2 won.

Previous Course Form – 2/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 2/12 had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham.

Previous Distance Form – 8/12 winners had at least 2 runs over 15-17 Furlongs, 11/12 winners had at least 1 win over 15-17 furlongs.

Previous Hurdle Form – 9/12 winners had at least 2 previous runs over hurdles, 11/12 winners had at least 1 win over hurdles.

Rating – 8/12 winners were rated 140 or higher (4/12 didn’t have a rating yet).

Graded Wins – 6/12 winners had at least 1 win in a grade 1-3 race.

Season Form – 9/12 winners had at least 2 previous runs that season, 11/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.


Triumph Hurdle Past Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Zaynar Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2010 Soldatino Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Zarkandar Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2012 Countrywide Flame Dougie Costello John Quinn
2013 Our Conor Bryan Cooper D T Hughes
2014 Tiger Roll Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2015 Peace & Co Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2016 Ivanovich Gorbatov Barry Geraghty Aidan O’Brien
2017 Defi Du Seuil Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2018 Farclas Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2019 Pentland Hills Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2020 Burning Victory Paul Townend Willie Mullins


Triumph Hurdle Result 2020

1st – Burning Victory (12/1)

2nd – Aspire Tower (5/1)

3rd – Allmankind (7/2)

4th – Navajo Pass (50/1)


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