JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Registered As The Finesse Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m 1f

  • (4yo, 2m 1f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599 5th £804 6th £402
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 27.30s
  • Off time: 12:40:42
Full result
Result 12:40 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Le Rocher 2/1
2nd 2 Kentucky Hyden 10 15/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 811331
Pink, Purple epaulets, striped sleeves, Purple and pink hooped cap Ballyglasheen (IRE) 42
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 811331
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
4 161 11-7 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 135 25/1
2 32-4122
Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Kentucky Hyden (IRE) 28
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 32-4122
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
4 161 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 138 15/2
3 F-1171
Maroon and Yellow diamonds, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Le Rocher (FR) 28
  • T:Nick Williams
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: F-1171
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 141
  • Naps:
4 161 11-7 Nick Williams R Johnson 141 2/1
4 12141
Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap Vicenzo Mio (FR) 29
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 12141
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
4 161 11-7 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 143 11/10f
5 1
MAROON Goodwood Mirage (IRE) 14
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 158 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 9/1
6 4
White, Maroon and White quartered cap Ronaldinho (IRE) 28
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
  • Form: 4
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 A King W Hutchinson 33/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Rolling Star (FR)
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
4 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 5/2
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In depth

Verdict

Le Rocher stayed on dourly to get the better of Kentucky Hyden in the Finale Hurdle at Chepstow last month. The runner-up had already been beaten by Ballyglasheen here and is in danger of becoming disappointing but did finish ahead of subsequent Kempton scorer VICENZO MIO on the latter occasion. Paul Nicholls' juvenile probably needed the run, however, and can show his true worth in this. Goodwood Mirage and Ronaldinho were both decent on the Flat and are entitled to improve on their debut efforts. The former did win narrowly at Kempton, despite some sticky jumping, and Alan King's charge still had every chance approaching the last at Newbury.

Formwatch

Le Rocher (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leader until mistake 2nd, stayed handy, challenged 4 out, soon led, hit 2 out, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl Grd 1 (1) hvy in Dec beating Kentucky Hyden (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.

Kentucky Hyden (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed after 4 out, stayed on under pressure, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Le Rocher (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl Grd 1 (1) hvy in Dec.

Vicenzo Mio (FR) Evensfav (11-8) Jumped slickly, tracked leader, challenged 3 out, led going strongly well before 2 out, soon clear, very easily, won at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) sft in Dec beating Stephen Hero (10-12) by 17l, 6 ran.

Ballyglasheen (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Tracked leader until 5th, stayed handy, pecked 2 out, ridden approaching last, challenged at hurdle, led flat, held on gamely, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Dec beating Kentucky Hyden (11-7) by nk, 6 ran.

Ronaldinho (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Led, not fluent 4th, joined 3 out, kept slight lead under pressure, driven and headed after 2 out, chased winner until weakened approaching last, 4th of 5, 13l behind Baradari (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Dec.

Goodwood Mirage (IRE) 6-4fav (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, bumped 2nd, went 2nd travelling well after 3 out, led before 2 out, headed and bumped 2 out, dropped to 3rd, rallied to 2nd and challenging when mistake last, kept on well final 100 yards, driven ahead post, won at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft beating The Green Ogre (10-12) by shd, 8 ran.