13:30 Cheltenham

Friday 15 March 2019

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JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

Class 1  |   2m 179y  |   Good to Soft  |   14 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 13:37  |   Winning time: 4m 4.33s
Weighed In
1st
8
20/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Blundered 1st, hampered after 4th, headway on inside after 2 out, not clear run turning in, challenged going well before last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well tchd 22/1
2nd
3
3
20/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Tracked leaders, headway and upsides 2 out, came towards stands side turning in, led going well before last, ridden and headed flat, no extra op 25/1
3rd
3 ¾
5
9/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: B J Geraghty
Chased leaders, dropped to mid-division 4th, outpaced after 2 out, not clear run turning in, rallied under pressure before last, soon ridden, went 3rd and kept on flat, no impression with front pair op 11/1
4th
3
7
66/1
T: A W CarrollJ: Harry Bannister
Mid-division, headway 2 out, soon driven to chase leaders, one pace before last, ridden and kept on into 4th flat, no impression tchd 50/1
5th
1
10
4/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Led, hard pressed 2 out, driven and headed before last, soon no extra, well held when lost place flat op 5/1 tchd 7/2, 11/2 in places
6th
1 ½
4
411-0
100/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Harry Skelton
Held up in last pair, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, ridden before last, kept on flat, never nearer
7th
1 ½
1
411-0
16/1
T: N J HendersonJ: D A Jacob
Tracked leaders on inside, driven and effort turning in, ridden and outpaced before last, weakened flat op 20/1
8th
1 ½
14
40/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, outpaced when not much room turning in, never able to get on terms op 50/1
9th
nk
13
7/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Mid-division on outside, took closer order 4th, driven and unable to go with leaders before last, ridden and weakened flat op 10/1 tchd 11/1
10th
5
9
12/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Mid-division, tracked leaders 4th, in touch on outside when mistake 2 out, driven and lost place before last, soon weakened op 14/1
11th
5
11
66/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D J Mullins
Held up in last pair, outpaced 2 out, never able to get involved op 80/1 tchd 100/1
12th
4 ½
6
411-0
25/1
T: J C McConnellJ: David Noonan
Tracked leaders, effort on inside after 2 out, ridden and one pace turning in, weakened before last op 33/1

Also Ran

PU
2
50/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Mid-division, dropped towards rear when badly hampered after 4th, never able to get involved after, lost touch after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next
PU
12
11/10f
T: J P O'BrienJ: M P Walsh
Tracked leader until went badly wrong and pulled up quickly after 4th, fatally injured op 10/11

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Betting

Forecast

Sir Erec (11/10), Quel Destin (4/1), Tiger Tap Tap (7/1), Gardens of Babylon (9/1), Pic D'Orhy (12/1), Adjali (16/1), Pentland Hills (20/1), Coeur Sublime (20/1), Hannon (25/1), French Made (40/1), Authorizo (50/1), Nelson River (66/1), Runrized (66/1), Ecco (100/1)

Verdict
Joseph O'Brien's team of juvenile hurdlers has real strength, as witnessed on Wednesday, and SIR EREC has long been touted as the pick of them. He won a Grade 1 trial for this last time without seeing a rival and should be versatile enough to come from off a decent pace now to give his handler a second (first official) Triumph win. Stablemate Gardens Of Babylon could be one of the principle threats, while Tiger Tap Tap is a another contender to give Ireland a fifth success in seven years. The gutsy Quel Destin leads a home team that also includes unexposed contenders like Pic D'Orhy, Pentland Hills – the latter's trainer having six wins in this.
  1. Sir Erec
  2. Gardens of Babylon
  3. Pentland Hills

Previous Winners

2018
Farclas
Weight: 11-0  |Age: 4
Weight: 11-0  |  
Age: 4  |  
J: J W Kennedy
  |  
T: G Elliott
9/1
Prize Money
1st: £70,338.002nd: £26,500.003rd: £13,262.004th: £6,625.005th: £3,325.006th: £1,662.007th: £825.008th: £425.00

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