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

  • (3yo, 2m 1f, Class 2, 6 runners)
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 7.80s
  • Off time: 12:12:22

Full Result

12:10 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 5 Ballyglasheen (IRE) Evan Williams 3 11-3 Paul Moloney 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leader until 5th, stayed handy, pecked 2 out, ridden approaching last, challenged at hurdle, led flat, held on gamely opened 25/1
2nd nk 2 Kentucky Hyden (IRE) N J Henderson 3 11-7 B J Geraghty 7/4
SP 7/4 Close up in 3rd until went 2nd from 5th, led and pecked 2 out, ridden last, headed flat, kept on, held towards finish opened 6/5 £1500-£1000 £600-£400(x2) £550-£400
3rd 8 Commissioned (IRE) J P Ferguson 3 11-0 Jack Quinlan 9/2
SP 9/2 Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, close up behind front pair when not much room and not fluent last, unable to quicken and held after, stayed on towards finish opened 11/2 touched 4/1
4th 2 3 Vicenzo Mio (FR) P F Nicholls 3 11-7 D A Jacob 13/8f
SP 13/8f Held up in 4th, closed approaching 2 out, ridden and unable to quicken when short of room and switched left before last, stayed on same pace, no extra towards finish opened 5/2 £1000-£400 £900-£400 £800-£400
5th 34 1 Cadoudoff (FR) C E Longsdon 3 11-7 p1 Aidan Coleman 15/2
SP 15/2 Led, not fluent 3rd or 3 out, ridden and headed when not fluent 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 8/1 touched 7/1
6th 99 7 Burgoyne (USA) C Von Der Recke 3 11-0 R Thornton 40/1
SP 40/1 Took keen hold, held up in rear, weakened 3 out, tailed off opened 28/1
NR 4 Akdam (IRE) A W Carroll 3 11-3 Lee Edwards
NR 6 Tiger Roll (IRE) N J Hawke 3 11-3 T Scudamore

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £14.40 Tote Place £3.90,£1.20 Straight Forecast £89.44 Exacta £51.00 Trifecta £334.70 Swingers 1&2:£33.20 2&3:£2.10 1&3:£6.10

Jackpot £40,252.48 carried forward to Southwell, 15th Dec
Placepot £96.00, Pool: £184736.47, 1403.36 winning tickets
Quadpot £7.40, Pool: £15396.59, 1521.28 winning tickets


Paul Nicholls has a good record in this race but it's worth remembering that he'd already described last month's Newbury winner Calipto as 'his best juvenile at this stage'. These things can, of course, change as the season progresses but Vicenzo Mio is going to have to leave this form a long way behind if he is to usurp his stablemate in his trainer's affections. Out of a sister to the smart Blue Shark who was denied the opportunity to fulfil his potential by injury, he may have found this ground a shade on the fast side with a stronger pace and step up in trip also likely to suit. It will be surprising if this is as good as he proves to be and he'll be one to note next time given the market confidence behind him. BALLYGLASHEEN won a claiming hurdle three starts back when rated 108 which casts an obvious and rather large shadow over the form. He had been progressing though - albeit at a modest rate - and this more galloping track may have helped to bring about the improvement given that he had been confined to the sharper turns of Ludlow and Southwell since joining his current yard. Either way, he's likely to find life tough now as the handicapper will surely hit him hard. Like his market rival, Kentucky Hyden was also encountering this ground for the first time and performed respectably without any obvious excuses; he should be competitive in handicaps if he continues to progress but it's hard to think that he can develop into a Triumph Hurdle contender on this evidence. Commissioned travelled with real purpose two from home so it was a shade disappointing that he failed to stay with the first two but perhaps this run was needed. This still rates an encouraging start to his hurdling career and connections should be able to find a decent opening next time before going back up in grade.