Triumph Hurdle Odds 2023


Quilixios ridden by Rachael Blackmore (right) on their way to winning the JCB Triumph Hurdle during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The four-year-old hurdlers open Gold Cup day in the Triumph Hurdle over 2 miles. Irish trainers have won three of the last four runnings, with Willie Mullins winning two of the previous three.  The Mullins yard has another excellent chance of landing the prize this season and saddling the top four in the betting, including Lossiemouth and Bloody Destiny, who are vying for favouritism. 

Lossiemouth was an unlucky loser when second behind re-opposing Gala Marceau at the Dublin Racing Festival and is taken to reverse the form with a clearer run. Bloody Destiny is unbeaten in two runs since joining Willie Mullins, but does have to give weight away to the two mares. 

Zenta, Gust Of Wind, Je Garde and Cinsa are also trained by Willie Mullins, while the most likely opposition comes from Henry de Bromhead in the form of Ascending.

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Lossiemouth 7/4

Blood Destiny 7/4

Gala Marceau 4/1

Zenta 12/1

Ascending 33/1 

Gust Of Wind 33/1

Jipcot 33/1

Jupiter Du Gite 33/1

Hypotenus 40/1

Rightsotom 50/1

Je Garde 50/1

Active Duty 100/1

Almuhit 100/1

Jacovec Cavern 100/1

Cinsa 100/1

Triumph Hurdle Odds and Entries 2023

Lossiemouth won a hurdle race in France before joining Willie Mullins and then went on to win in Grade 3 and Grade 2 company on her first two starts in Ireland. However, she was denied a clear run when second in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown in February and would have finished much closer to stablemate Gala Marceau. However, she won in France and took full advantage of Lossiemouth’s misfortune to land her first Grade 1 last time. She may have to settle for minor honours in this race, though. 

Blood Destiny was a five-length winner on debut for Willie Mullins in December before easily justifying odds on favouritism by eighteen lengths at Fairyhouse in January. This will be his most demanding task to date, but he could have plenty more to offer and looks like another smart prospect for this yard. 

Although another thirteen runners are declared for the Triumph Hurdle, they are all double-figure odds. Zenta, also trained by Willie Mullins, will need to improve on her jumping if she is to feature in this Grade 1 event, while others have plenty to prove and will need the market leaders to be well below their best to cause an upset.

Betting on the Triumph Hurdle

The Triumph Hurdle is the championship race for four-year-olds at the Cheltenham Festival. Irish-trained horses had not won the Triumph Hurdle for ten years until Our Conor in 2013. They have now won it seven times in ten seasons. The Triumph Hurdle betting suggests that trend is likely to continue as Willie Mullins is responsible for the first three in the ante-post market.

The Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown has been the best trial for the Triumph Hurdle in recent seasons. Seven of the last twelve winners ran at Leopardstown prior to the Cheltenham Festival. Our Conor (2013), Quilixios (2021) and Vauban (2022) won both races. Gala Marceau won this year’s renewal and is currently third favourite in the Triumph Hurdle betting.

A bet on the Triumph Hurdle used to be a bit of a flutter with a large field guaranteed. The introduction of the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle has helped to reduce the entry here and it fell to just eight runners in 2021. There have been eight winning favourites in the past eight seasons but it can still provide the occasional shock result. Countrywide Flame sprang a 33-1 surprise in 2012 and Pentland Hills won at 20-1 in 2019.

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Lossiemouth was a clear favourite for this race after the first two victories in Ireland but has now been joined by stablemate Blood Destiny at the top of the market. It could be telling that stable jockey Paul Townend has decided to ride the mare Lossiemouth in a race where Willie Mullins looks sure to land another Festival success. 

The most high-profile race winner in recent years is the dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll, who landed this contest in 2014. Other standout winners include Katchit, Celestial Halo and Defi Du Seuil. 

The British trainers, especially Nicky Henderson, have had some success in recent years. Still, they look underrepresented in this year’s renewal, with Jipcot and Jupiter Du Gite the first in at around 33/1. 

In what could be an excellent day for the Irish, they look sure to start with a winner in the Triumph Hurdle.