Triumph Hurdle Odds 2023
Cheltenham Festival 2023
The Triumph Hurdle is a Grade 1 race for four-year-olds over two miles. It is the first race on Cheltenham Gold Cup day, the final day of the festival meeting in March. The race was first run in 1939 and soon became established as the most prestigious race of the season for juveniles. Four Triumph Hurdle winners have gone on to win the Champion Hurdle; Clair Soleil, Persian War, Kribensis and Katchit.
There have been plenty of shock winners of the Triumph Hurdle over the years. Baron Blakeney was a 66-1 winner for Martin Pipe in 1981. More recent winners include Countrywide Flame (2012) at 33-1 and Pentland Hills (2019) at 20-1. Irish-trained horses have won seven of the last ten renewals and dominate the Triumph Hurdle Odds 2023. Vauban is the favourite for Willie Mullins ahead of the Gordon Elliott-trained duo, Pied Piper and Fil Dor.
Triumph Hurdle Odds and Entries 2023
Gordon Elliott looks set to run both Pied Piper and Fil Dor, despite the temptation to run the former in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Fil Dor was ante-post favourite in the Triumph Hurdle betting odds until he was beaten by Vauban in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle. Pied Piper races in the same colours and was formerly owned by Her Majesty The Queen. He defeated Vauban narrowly when both were making their debuts and has since bolted up at Cheltenham.
Besides Vauban, Willie Mullins could run Icare Allen and Il Etait Temps. Both were beaten in the Spring Juvenile, finishing fifth and third respectively. Icare Allen has since won impressively at Fairyhouse to put himself back in the Triumph picture.
Knight Salute and Porticello are the leading British-trained juvenile hurdlers. They fought out the finish of the Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster, Knight Salute prevailing by three-quarters of a length. Both horses have won since, Porticello at Chepstow and Haydock and Knight Salute in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton Park.
Dan Skelton has plenty of faith in Doctor Parnassus who is unbeaten after victories at Ascot and Taunton. Jonjo O’Neill has a useful French recruit in Petit Tonnerre, a winner at Market Rasen on his UK debut. If there is to be a shock result, it could be Gary Moore’s Teddy Blue, an eye-catching second to Knight Salute at Kempton on his debut. Several of the Triumph Hurdle entries have the option of running in the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle, including Gaelic Warrior, The Tide Turns and HMS Seahorse.
Cheltenham Festival 2023
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Pied Piper 5-2
Fil Dor 6-1
Il Etait Temps 12-1
Knight Salute 12-1
Icare Allen 14-1
Doctor Parnassus 16-1
Teddy Blue 20-1
Lunar Power 33-1
Petit Tonnerre 33-1
The Tide Turns 33-1
Gaelic Warrior 40-1
Interne de Sivola 40-1
Pleasant Man 66-1
Silver Shade 66-1
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Gordon Elliott believes that Cheltenham will suit Fil Dor much better than Leopardstown and has a chance of turning the tables on Vauban. Davy Russell will have the choice between Fil Dor and Pied Piper who won on the bridle at Cheltenham. The form of that race has not worked out well with the runner-up well beaten at Kempton next time. Pied Piper was still very impressive and it’s going to be a difficult choice for Russell.
Willie Mullins is also optimistic about his Triumph Hurdle team. Vauban looks a worthy favourite while he is expecting an improved run from Icare Allen. Vauban was only half a length behind Pied Piper on his debut and confirmed the promise of that run at Leopardstown. Il Etait Temps is the longest-priced of the three in the Triumph Hurdle odds but is improving with every run.
Icare Allen has won three of his four races under rules, his only defeat coming behind Vauban. Mullins felt that he was always in the wrong place after missing the first hurdle and prefers to judge him on his recent Fairyhouse victory. His hurdling was not always fluent but he showed a nice turn of foot from the last to win decisively.
Gary Moore was initially reluctant to commit Porticello to this race as he feels the gelding has a big future over fences. His form is so solid that the Triumph now seems the obvious target, providing the ground has enough give in it. Teddy Blue was a 16-1 chance in the Kempton trial and probably surpassed expectations with a staying-on second to Knight Salute. He may have given the favourite something to think about had he not blundered at the final flight.