Triumph Hurdle 2021

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The opening race on Friday has seen 12/1, 20/1 and 9/1 winners in the last three years but the claims of those at the top of the market this year look very strong. Zanahiyr is unbeaten so far in his three runs over hurdles and was an impressive winner of the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle on his latest start. He hasn’t been seen since Christmas though and a couple of rivals have emerged with strong claims since he shot to the head of the market earlier on this season.

The Cheveley Park Stud owned Quilixios won a hurdle race in France before joining Gordon Elliott who trained him to win two poor juvenile hurdles in October. He returned from a 99-day break to win the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival beating leading Boodles Handicap Hurdle fancy Saint Sam by over five lengths. That race is often a key trial for this (nine of the last eleven winners ran in either the Spring, Finesse or Adonis Hurdles before the Triumph) but it is the recent Adonis Hurdle winner who gets my vote this year.

Tritonic is a 99 rated flat horse trained by Alan King who has won both of his hurdle starts so far this year. He stayed on strongly at Ascot to beat the Gary Moore trained Casa Loupi by a length on his hurdling debut before beating that rival by a further nine lengths in the Grade 2 at Kempton last time. Despite a slight mistake at the second last hurdle, his jumping was much improved from his debut and he went on to win impressively under only hands and heels from Adrian Heskin. He has big field experience from the flat which is a huge positive in this often roughly run race, has form on a wide range of surfaces and will have no problem if this turns into a stamina test up the hill late on.

Triumph Hurdle Prediction

Alan King last won this race with future Champion Hurdle winner Katchit in 2007 and he looks to have a huge chance of winning it again with Tritonic this year.

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Triumph Hurdle Favourite

Tritonic is currently the favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at a best price of 9/4. Alan King’s four year old will be heading into the festival in great form winning his last two races over similar distance of 2m (by ten lengths) and 1m 7f (by one length). Despite being the favourite, betters are leaning more towards Zanahiyr as he has taken 37% of all bets for this race through oddschecker at 5/2, compared to Tritonic’s 20%. Zanahiyr will also be heading into the Triumph Hurdle in good form having won his last four races ranging from distances of 1m 4f to 2m.

  • Tritonic 9/4
  • Zanahiyr 5/2                                                  
  • Quillixios 6/1
  • Adagio 12/1
  • Duffle Coat 20/1
  • Teahupoo 20/1



Triumph Hurdle Runners 

42 horses are currently entered for the race, with a maximum field of 22 on the day. You can see all the current runners and their odds here.

Triumph Hurdle Previous Winners

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