13:30 Cheltenham

Friday 16 March 2018

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30

    JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • 4YO only  |   Class 1  |   2m 179y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:32  |   Winning time: 4m 17.0s
1st
Horse silk
1
411-0
6/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Tracked leaders, close up when not clear run between last 2, ridden to lead narrowly when gap appeared approaching last, edged right flat, kept on, asserted final 75 yards op 8/1
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¾
3
7/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders after 2 out, stayed on to challenge approaching last, ridden and every chance flat, no extra and held final 75 yards
3rd
Horse silk
3 ½
6
411-0
25/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Prominent, joined leader before 3rd, not fluent and lost place 3 out, soon back on terms, effort turning in, soon ridden, outpaced when left 3rd last, kept on, no chance with front pair flat
4th
Horse silk
1 ½
8
2/1f
T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty
Travelled well, tracked leaders, close up after 3 out, shaken up in 3rd turning in, ridden and not quicken between last 2, 5th and held when left 4th at last, kept on but no threat after op 11/10 tchd 6/4 in places
5th
Horse silk
18
5
411-0
10/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D J Mullins
Held up behind, mistake 4th, chased leaders after 2 out, ridden and one pace between last 2, weakened approaching last tchd 16/1
6th
Horse silk
2
4
4/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Held up in touch, tracked leaders after 3 out, outpaced after next, no impression when switched inside before last, soon weakened op 13/2 tchd 6/1
7th
Horse silk
36
7
16/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Led narrowly to after 1st, remained in touch, outpaced when hit 2 out, ridden and weakened between last 2, tailed off op 25/1 tchd 33/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
2
411-0
33/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Tracked leaders on inside, driven and lost place after 2 out, soon weakened and eased, pulled up before last tchd 33/1
F
Horse silk
9
5/1
T: W P MullinsJ: N D Fehily
Raced keenly, led narrowly after 1st, came towards stands side rail turning in, soon driven, headed and one pace in 3rd when fell last op 13/2

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£10.00Pl:£2.10, £1.80, £7.00EX:£41.30Trifecta:£1,642.90Tricast:£2,243.87SF:£73.73Swingers:£7.70, £25.90, £36.10

Forecasts

Apple's Shakira (2/1), Redicean (4/1), Stormy Ireland (5/1), Farclas (6/1), Mr Adjudicator (7/1), Saldier (10/1), Sussex Ranger (16/1), Sayo (25/1), Gumball (33/1)

Verdict

A relatively small field should ensure that there are few hard luck stories. That will be a comfort to supporters of pre-race favourite APPLE'S SHAKIRA, who looks to have speed, stamina, the ability to handle the forecast conditions and also the best form going into this. She is therefore very hard to oppose. Perhaps surprisingly, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh have each won this just once and Stormy Ireland is a very interesting contender as the pair try to combine for success in the juvenile championship for the first time. Farclas and Mr Adjudicator are other strong Irish candidates, while the British also have live hopes with Redicean.
  1. Apple's Shakira
  2. Stormy Ireland
  3. Redicean

Previous Winners

2017
Defi Du Seuil
Weight: 11-0  |Age: 4
5/2

Prize Money

1st: £71,188.002nd: £26,712.003rd: £13,375.004th: £6,662.005th: £3,088.006th: £1,850.00

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