JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Juvenile Hurdle) 2m 1f

  • (3yo, 2m 1f, Class 2, 12 runners)
  • Winner £8,141 2nd £2,405 3rd £1,202 4th £602 5th £300 6th £151
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 12:14:14

Full Result

12:10 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Sam Winner (FR) P F Nicholls 3 11-7 N D Fehily 4/7f
SP 4/7f Held up in touch, headway 3 out, challenged next, led between last 2, soon clear, driven and stayed on well flat opened 4/5 £960-£1200 £4000-£6000 £1000-£1500 £800-£1300(x2)
2nd 6 4 Pullyourfingerout (IRE) B G Powell 3 11-3 A P McCoy 16/1
SP 16/1 Led to before 2nd, tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd between last 2, effort when mistake last, kept on same pace, no impression with winner flat
3rd 3 Akula (IRE) M H Tompkins 3 11-3 C Bolger 50/1
SP 50/1 In touch, led briefly before 2nd, tracked leader, driven and outpaced after 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair opened 40/1
4th 10 Red Sparky (IRE) J Larkin 3 11-0 A E Lynch 100/1
SP 100/1 Chased leaders, mistake 4th, ridden after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last
5th 8 1 Pantxoa (FR) A King 3 11-7 R Thornton 10/1
SP 10/1 Took keen hold, held up behind, headway into mid-division 4th, chased leaders after 3 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last
6th 5 11 Tom Wade (IRE) John Harris 3 11-0 C Poste 100/1
SP 100/1 Towards rear, effort to chase leaders 2 out, soon no impression
7th 2 12 A Media Luz (FR) N J Henderson 3 10-7 B J Geraghty 9/2
SP 9/2 Refused to settle behind leaders, led 2nd, headed between last 2, soon weakened opened 11/4 £4500-£1000 £1500-£500
8th 2 7 Horatio Caine (FR) Nick Williams 3 11-0 D A Jacob 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, lost place 4th, soon behind, no danger after opened 10/1
9th 17 8 Kayef (GER) M Scudamore 3 11-0 T Scudamore 80/1
SP 80/1 Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch 3rd, ridden and lost place 3 out, soon behind opened 100/1
10th 9 Killusty Fancy (IRE) D J S Ffrench Davis 3 11-0 M D Grant 100/1
SP 100/1 Mistake 1st, mid-division on inside, short lived effort approaching 2 out, soon weakened
11th 21 5 Blinka Me A M Hales 3 11-0 D F O'Regan 100/1
SP 100/1 Behind, jumped left and reminder 3rd, lost touch next, tailed off 3 out
12th dist 6 Green Art (IRE) Mrs Tracey Barfoot-Saunt 3 11-0 Mr G Barfoot-Saunt 200/1
SP 200/1 Keen early, behind, lost touch 4th, tailed off 3 out

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.60 Tote Place £1.10,£1.80,£5.60 Straight Forecast £12.11 Exacta £13.60 Trifecta £211.50 Swingers 1&2:£3.90 2&3:£18.50 1&3:£12.60

Jackpot £3,033.90, Pool: £14956.06, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot £43.90, Pool: £225954.6, 3753.16 winning tickets
Quadpot £14.60, Pool: £15397.45, 779.7 winning tickets


SAM WINNER confirmed his prominence at the head of the Triumph Hurdle market with a solid display of hurdling to make a double for Paul Nicholls. Kept in mid-division, he took closer order with a spectacular jump at the fifth before leading two out and quickly putting the issue to bed. Paul Nicholls reported that he felt the ground was quick enough for him today and that while there is plenty to come for the future, he wouldn't be at his best on fast ground. He will be entered for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in the event of slow ground obtaining and will be next seen out at the January meeting. Pullyourfingerout ran a blinder to be second. Always handy, he was travelling as well as the winner with two to jump but just did not have the class. He won't always be so unfortunate to run into such a smart prospect. He managed to reverse Ludlow form with Akula, who was far from disgraced at odds of 50/1. Red Sparky made a couple of errors though kept on for fourth. He didn't look the most natural of jumpers on this surface though slower conditions in his native Ireland might help. Pantxoa was a little scratchy at the start and having got into the race, he was unable to serve it up to the protagonists. A Media Luz had not seen the racecourse for 181 days and was very keen. She took herself into the lead at the second and Barry Geraghty realised that it would be futile to stop her. Dropping away quickly after the second last, it is to be hoped that she can leave behind this disappointing effort. Horatio Caine did not jump particularly well though is now eligible for handicaps.