By Tom Lee

Triumph Hurdle Tips: Adonis winner Tritonic gets the nod on Day 4 of the Festival

By Tom Lee
Triumph Hurdle Tips: Alan King's Tritonic gets the nod.
Triumph Hurdle Tips: Alan King's Tritonic gets the nod.

Triumph Hurdle Tip

Tritonic at 5/2 with Bet365.

Winners haven't exactly been in short supply where Irish-trained runners are concerned this week, with a procession on St Patrick's Day following swiftly on from a fab five on Tuesday.

Needless to say, cross channel raiders are well represented towards the front of the market in the opener on Friday, with Zanahiyr and Quilixios likely to have their fair share of admirers in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle (1.20pm). 

Attracting the cream of the four year old talent from Britain and Ireland, this two mile test has wound up with a field of eight for the 2021 renewal, but will it be a sixth success in just nine runnings for a visitor prepared across the Irish sea?

First of all the unbeaten and highly likeable Quilixios, who won the key Irish-based trial, comfortably landing the Spring Juvenile at Leopardstown early last month.

However, on a line through the horse he beat by five and a half lengths there, Saint Sam, if you were impressed with that you'd surely have to be even more taken by his ex-stablemate, Zanahiyr.

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Why so?

Zanahiyr has thrashed Saint Sam twice this campaign, first when dismissing him by 14 lengths at Fairyhouse in late November in receipt of four pounds, but then at Leopardstown at Christmas time when he gave weight and a dismissive beating to a handy yardstick.

That'll be the same Saint Sam who found only one too good in the four year old handicap on the opening day at Cheltenham this week. 

A winner on the Flat when with Mick Halford, Zanahiyr is also unbeaten over hurdles.

Both are entitled to huge respect in a race in which eight of the past 12 winners were yet to taste defeat.

Stats and trends followers will also tell you this hasn't been a great race for outsiders, with 10 of the past 16 renewals falling to horses returned at single figure prices.

Joining those two already discussed towards the front of the market are the key British horses, Adagio and Tritonic.

Adagio clearly loves his racing and bagged a Grade 1 at Chepstow last time we saw him in January, plus is a recent course and distance winner.

However, with huge respect to all three, the one to thwart them and hand trainer Alan King a third win in the Triumph Hurdle could be former classy Flat performer TRITONIC.

Rated 99 on the level, while the others would love to see rain it's Tritonic's connections who'll be more than happy at the sight of the drying ground.

The underfoot conditions were officially Good when Tritonic got revved up for this test late last month, storming clear to land another of the key Triumph Hurdle prep races, Kempton Park's Adonis Hurdle.

Visually it was a compelling argument.

The history books show us King used the Adonis as the perfect springboard for Penzance's Triumph success of 2005, and it could well be a case of history repeating itself.

He too is unbeaten over timber, a record which may well remain intact. 

Tritonic for the Triumph.

Fri 13:20 - Triumph Hurdle
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