JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • (4yo, 2m 1f, Class 1, 23 runners)
  • Winner £57,010 2nd £21,390 3rd £10,710 4th £5,340 5th £2,680 6th £1,340
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 54.20s
  • Off time: 13:31:24

Full Result

13:30 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 20 Zarkandar (IRE) P F Nicholls 4 11-0 D A Jacob 13/2
SP 13/2 Mid-division in touch, headway 2 out, led approaching last, ridden and stayed on well flat £10000-£1400
2nd 23 Unaccompanied (IRE) D K Weld 4 10-7 P Townend 11/2
SP 11/2 Mid-division, steady headway when not much room approaching 2 out, tracked leaders going well between last 2, not much room again and switched left to challenge last, soon ridden and chased winner, kept on flat, always held opened 6/1 £7000-£1000 £10000-£1600 £30000-£5000 £12000-£2000 £12000-£2000 £6000-£1000 £3000-£500
3rd 5 Grandouet (FR) N J Henderson 4 11-0 B J Geraghty 13/2
SP 13/2 Tracked leaders, headway to challenge 2 out, led narrowly between last 2, ridden and headed approaching last, kept on same pace under pressure flat opened 7/1 £3750-£500 £10000-£1400
4th nk 13 Sam Winner (FR) P F Nicholls 4 11-0 R Walsh 4/1f
SP 4/1f Mid-division, lost place 3rd, pushed along next, soon behind, struggling 3 out, 20th and still plenty to do next, ridden and headway into 7th approaching last, ran on flat, just failed for 3rd, not reached leaders opened 6/1 £10000-£1400 £10000-£1600 £5000-£800
5th 14 Sir Pitt Mrs A M Thorpe 4 11-0 Donal Fahy 200/1
SP 200/1 Mid-division on outside, headway and effort to challenge 2 out, soon ridden, one pace approaching last, no extra flat
6th 12 Sailors Warn (IRE) E J O'Grady 4 11-0 Andrew J McNamara 33/1
SP 33/1 Raced keenly, led to before 2nd, tracked leaders, led again after 3 out, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on same pace flat, no impression
7th ½ 16 Third Intention (IRE) C L Tizzard 4 11-0 J Tizzard 11/1
SP 11/1 Blundered 1st, mid-division on inside, ridden to chase leaders after 2 out, kept on same pace, never on terms
8th ½ 8 Local Hero (GER) S Gollings 4 11-0 R P Flint 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch on inside, outpaced after 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, never reached leaders
9th ½ 3 Brampour (IRE) P F Nicholls 4 11-0 Harry Skelton 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leaders, effort 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression flat opened 18/1
10th nk 15 Smad Place (FR) A King 4 11-0 R Thornton 11/1
SP 11/1 Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last opened 9/1 £10000-£1000
11th 1 Aikideau (FR) R Rowe 4 11-0 L Aspell 100/1
SP 100/1 Behind, outpaced 3 out, kept on from next, never near leaders
12th 7 Kuilsriver (IRE) Mrs A M Thorpe 4 11-0 t J M Maguire 125/1
SP 125/1 Never better than mid-division opened 150/1
13th 19 Walter De La Mare (IRE) J J Murphy 4 11-0 R M Power 200/1
SP 200/1 Behind, headway into mid-division after 2 out, never nearer
14th 10 Molotof (FR) N J Henderson 4 11-0 A Tinkler 16/1
SP 16/1 Close up on outside, headway to challenge 2 out, ridden and outpaced between last 2, weakened last
15th 4 First Fandango Tim Vaughan 4 11-0 vt S Thomas 50/1
SP 50/1 Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced when hit 2 out, soon lost place and weakened
16th 6 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) Miss V Williams 4 11-0 Aidan Coleman 22/1
SP 22/1 With leaders, led before 2nd, headed before 3 out, soon lost place, weakened from next opened 20/1
17th 9 22 High Ransom Micky Hammond 4 10-7 p F Keniry 125/1
SP 125/1 Always behind opened 100/1
18th 10 17 Tillahow (IRE) M F Morris 4 11-0 D N Russell 80/1
SP 80/1 In touch in mid-division, outpaced approaching 2 out, weakened before last opened 66/1
19th 1 2 Architrave Tim Vaughan 4 11-0 R Johnson 40/1
SP 40/1 With leader, led narrowly before 3 out, headed soon after, lost place next, soon weakened
20th 18 Trop Fort (FR) D Pipe 4 11-0 T Scudamore 50/1
SP 50/1 Blundered 1st, always behind opened 40/1
PU 21 A Media Luz (FR) N J Henderson 4 10-7 A P McCoy 12/1
SP 12/1 Raced keenly, held up in touch, lost place 2 out, soon weakened and pulled up before last opened 10/1
PU 11 New Den J R Boyle 4 11-0 pt C I Gillies 250/1
SP 250/1 Raced wide, behind when hit 2nd, lost touch and pulled up after next
UR 9 Mister Carter (IRE) T Stack 4 11-0 W J Lee 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, close up on outside when blundered and unseated rider 2 out

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.90 Tote Place £1.80 £1.50 £2.20 £1.60 Straight Forecast £37.22 Exacta £31.30 Trifecta £131.20 Swingers 1&2 £6.30, 2&3 £6.90, 1&3 £8.10

Jackpot £251,836.38 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 19th Mar
Placepot £4,332.10, Pool: £969985.4, 163.45 winning tickets
Quadpot £530.70, Pool: £45633.74, 63.62 winning tickets

Analysis

A ragged start but a poetic finish as ZARKANDAR scythed through the field to win going away. Ridden by Daryl Jacob, he was settled into a nice rhythm in the first half dozen, as Sailors Warn, Architrave and Houblon Des Obeaux led the charge to the first hurdle. Considering the charge to the first (which arguably should have been a false start), they didn't actually go that quick during the majority of the race. One horse who notably pulled for her head was a Media Luz, and whilst she was still on the bridle turning for home, she was always likely to empty out after expending too much energy and that's exactly what she did; in the end she was pulled up. The race started to hot up at the top of the hill as you'd expect, as Smad Place was one of several horses whose jumping started to fail under pressure. Meanwhile Grandouet had travelled so strongly that he moved into the lead turning for home and was travelling as well as anything in behind. However he is a horse with plenty of speed, and when Unaccompanied and Zarkandar tracked him through approaching the last, one had the sinking feeling that the game was up. To his credit he ran on well, but this developed into a fight-out between Zarkandar and Unaccompanied. However what promised to be a proper duel was soon put to bed as the winner jumped the last like a horse who had just joined in and fairly bounded up the hill. Whilst he loved the good ground, one feels that his rival filly would have preferred softer going. As it was she ran a cracker, and it is significant that she is the first of the owners horses to go hurdling in all the years they've had horses. The most bizarre scene up the hill was Sam Winner running on from a mile back as if he'd been fitted with a rocket booster. He was caught on his heels at the start and was further back than his jockey would have liked, and he lost his place badly around half-way, seemingly for no other reason than he was too slow. However he started to gather steam down the hill, made his way past slowing horses, and really flew up the run-in. The trip was always likely to be on the sharp side for this future chaser and his day will come, although it might not be on the New Course where he has failed to convince twice now. There might also be some question marks over his attitude after this strange run. Sir Pitt was given no chance on the ratings or in the market, but he ran a cracker; he was never too far off the pace on the outside of the field and he lost little caste in defeat. Sailors Warn was very keen early on but he tried to skip away off the home turn to steal the race, however he was fairly quickly picked up. This was a good run on quick ground and he ran well. Third Intention was poor at the first and never really threatened to get into the race from midfield, whilst Local Hero, who had beaten him earlier on in the season, was unable to confirm the placings. Brampour got tired after a concerted effort before two out, whilst Trop Fort blundered away any slim chance he had at the first.