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JCB Triumph Hurdle 2020 Betting Odds

The Triumph Hurdle is the curtain-raiser on the final day of the Festival, Gold Cup Day, and with punters understandably keen to get off to a good start, the market regularly changes both throughout festival week and during the season. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on for expert views and analysis on the 2020 Triumph Hurdle as the picture becomes clearer.

Friday 13th March 2020 - 1.30pm


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Triumph Hurdle Tips

Tips for the 2020 Triumph Hurdle will appear here.

What is the Triumph Hurdle?

The Triumph Hurdle is the opening race on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, Gold Cup Day, which is traditionally held on a Friday in March. A Grade 1 juvenile novice contest over hurdles, the race is run over two miles and 79 yards, and is for four-year-olds only.

The history of the Triumph Hurdle

The Triumph Hurdle was established in 1939, though was originally run at the now closed Hurst Park and only became part of the Cheltenham Festival in 1968. The race has an esteemed roll of honour, one which includes the dual-Grand National winner Tiger Roll, who won the race in 2014. Four winners of the Triumph Hurdle have gone on to win the Champion Hurdle later in their careers, Clair Soleil, Persian War, Kribensis and Katchit. The race is currently sponsored by JCB, who began backing it in 2002.

What happened in the 2019 Triumph Hurdle?

The market for the Triumph Hurdle is usually a particularly lively one, and punters regularly latch onto one horse in particular, with the Joseph O’Brien-trained Sir Erec sent off a commanding 11/10 favourite. Tragically, Sir Erec would suffer a freak and fatal injury early into the race, opening the door to the Nicky Henderson-trained Pentland Hills to pick up the lead after the last and score by three lengths. Pentland Hills has since followed up in the Four-year-old Grade 1 Hurdle at Aintree the following month, and he looks a live contender for the 2020 Champion Hurdle.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Triumph Hurdle?

Several illustrious names have won the Triumph Hurdle over the years, though only four have been able to win the Champion Hurdle at this meeting later in their careers, with the most recent being the 2007 Triumph winner, the Alan King-trained Katchit. Having completed a Grade 1 double in the Four-Year-Old Hurdle at Aintree the following month, connections set their sights on the Champion Hurdle for Katchit, and he built on victory in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton to win the 2008 Champion Hurdle, defeating the David Pipe-trained Osana and the Nicky Henderson-trained Punjabi - form that worked out particularly well, with Punjabi going on to win the 2009 Champion Hurdle.

Are there any trials for the Triumph Hurdle?

There are several trials for the Triumph Hurdle throughout the season, including three at Cheltenham, in November, December and January. There are also key pointers for the race at Doncaster, Kempton, and Sandown during the season, while Kempton’s Adonis Juvenile Hurdle is another key pointer. Over in Ireland, it could be worth keeping an eye on the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle and the Spring Juvenile Hurdle, both of which are at Leopardstown.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Triumph Hurdle?

The most successful jockey in the history of the Triumph Hurdle is Barry Geraghty, who has ridden five winners of the race, with Spectroscope (2003), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015) and Ivanovich Gorbatov (2016).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Triumph Hurdle?

The most successful trainer in the history of the Triumph Hurdle is Nicky Henderson, who trained seven winners of the race, courtesy of First Bout (1985), Alone Success (1987), Katarino (1999), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015) and Pentland Hills (2019). 

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