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Triumph Hurdle Betting Tips

  • 15/03/2019
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Quilixios (blue cap) and Rachael Blackmore on their way to victory in the 2021 Triumph Hurdle.

Quilixios (blue cap) and Rachael Blackmore on their way to victory in the 2021 Triumph Hurdle.

JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips are the focus of this Cheltenham Festival betting preview as we look ahead to Gold Cup Day.

The JCB Triumph Hurdle betting starts the final day of action from Prestbury Park.

Our experts will be wading through the stats and trends to bring the best recommendations for this famous race.

The build-up to the Cheltenham Festival will see our tipsters deliver their JCB Triumph Hurdle tips, not only looking at the front-runners but also some longer-priced each-way options.

The winner of last year’s Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle was Henry de Bromhead’s Quilixios, who had been backed well in the market.

Who gets their nose in front at this year’s renewal? First, look for our JCB Triumph Hurdle betting tips.


JCB Triumph Hurdle – Overlooked outsiders

From 2015 through 2018 inclusive, the winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle on each occasion was the favourite.

Other short-priced winners have since followed, such as 2021 winner Quilixios, a 2/1 SP.

But as with any racing market, it is still worth casting an eye over those outsiders at longer odds.

There’s each-way interest to be piqued for JCB Triumph Hurdle betting as those winners do come in sometimes at bigger odds.

An example was 2019 winner Burning Victory, who landed the score at odds of 12/1. 

But also in the last ten renewals of this Grade 1 fixture, 33/1 winner Countrywide Flame defied massive odds in 2012.


JCB Triumph Hurdle Runners – Friday, 18th March 1.30 pm

NUMBER SILKS HORSE TRAINER/JOCKEY
1 Ages Of Man T: Anthony McCann

J: Jonathan Moore

2 Doctor Parnassus T: Dan Skelton

J: Harry Skelton

3 Fil Dor T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

4 Icare Allen T: Willie Mullins

J: Mark Walsh

5 Il Etait Temps T: Willie Mullins

J: Danny Mullins

6 Knight Salute T: Milton Harris

J: Paddy Brennan

7 Koi Dodville T: David Pipe

J: Tom Scudamore

8 Lunar Power T: Noel Meade

J: Sean Flanagan

9 Pied Piper T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jack Kennedy

10 Porticello T: Gary Moore

J: Jamie Moore

11 Teddy Blue T: Gary Moore

J: Josh Moore

12 Vauban T: Willie Mullins

J: Paul Townend

The ante-post market is live and active for some early JCB Triumph Hurdle betting at the Cheltenham Festival. 

The final field of runners won’t be known until a couple of days before Friday’s race. Closer to the Festival, our JCB Triumph Hurdle tips will be uploaded.

The ante-post market for the Triumph Hurdle does, is to allow punters to study those early entries which could finally end up at the starting line.

Fil Dor has been the most heavily supported ante-post selection of the JCB Triumph Hurdle odds. The French raider has made rapid progress in this sphere, completing a hattrick over the timbers in December in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown.

Vauban could head to the Triumph Hurdle for Willie Mullins as well, after making an encouraging hurdles debut in December 2021. 

Among others that are showing well early for the market, Porticello, Icare Allen and Pied Piper all warrant some respect.


How to pick a JCB Triumph Hurdle Winner

What are some of the key trends that could help send you towards picking out a JCB Triumph Hurdle winner at Cheltenham 2023?

Looking at past trends and glancing at the ante-post market can give punters a nod in the right direction.

In terms of the trends of favourites in the Triumph Hurdle, there have been three in the last ten taking a win. 

There have been just four in the last twenty editions. Two of the previous three have failed even to get home.

Last 10 JCB Triumph Hurdle winner odds

  • 2021 Quilixios 2/1
  • 2020 Burning Victory 12/1
  • 2019 Pentland Hill 20/1
  • 2018 Farclas 9/1
  • 2017 Défi Du Seuil 5/2F
  • 2016 Ivanovich Gorbatov 9/2F
  • 2015 Peace And Co 2/1F
  • 2014 Tiger Roll 10/1
  • 2013 Our Conor 4/1
  • 2012 Countrywide Flame 33/1

No winner has come home at a higher price than that 33/1 SP win delivered by Countrywide Flame in 2012.

From the last twenty renewals of this Grade 1 race, there has been seven winners from Ireland and 13 from Great Britain. 

Some interesting trends that come into play are that the last 20 winners have all had more than one start at this distance. In addition, they had all placed (1-3) within 90 days of their Cheltenham win, and a big important one is that all of them who had scored had returned from a break of between 15 and 60 days.

There has been just one female runner landing a Triumph Hurdle win from a total of 27 entered across the last two decades.

Reading trends is a great way to dig further into the betting action for the race. So look for the significant insights to come from our JCB Triumph Hurdle tips.


JCB Triumph Hurdle Odds 2023 

The 2023 JCB Triumph Hurdle is shaping up to be a blockbuster contest with several runners from Britain and Ireland holding sound claims as the Festival approaches. Still unsure on what to back? Then check out the latest tips and odds for the JCB Triumph Hurdle here

NUMBER SILKS HORSE TRAINER/JOCKEY
1 Ages Of Man T: Anthony McCann

J: Jonathan Moore

2 Doctor Parnassus T: Dan Skelton

J: Harry Skelton

3 Fil Dor T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

4 Icare Allen T: Willie Mullins

J: Mark Walsh

5 Il Etait Temps T: Willie Mullins

J: Danny Mullins

6 Knight Salute T: Milton Harris

J: Paddy Brennan

7 Koi Dodville T: David Pipe

J: Tom Scudamore

8 Lunar Power T: Noel Meade

J: Sean Flanagan

9 Pied Piper T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jack Kennedy

10 Porticello T: Gary Moore

J: Jamie Moore

11 Teddy Blue T: Gary Moore

J: Josh Moore

12 Vauban T: Willie Mullins

J: Paul Townend

All About The JCB Triumph Hurdle: Past and Present

The first edition of the JCB Triumph Hurdle was held in 1939, and it was not at Cheltenham – it was hosted at Hurst Park in Surrey. It ended up at Cheltenham in the mid-1960s and was finally slotted into the Festival in 1968.

The current sponsor of The Triumph Hurdle is JCB. The race itself is a Grade 1 hurdle open to 4-year-olds and above. It’s held on the turf of the New Course and is a distance of 2m 1f with eight hurdles.

Although not in the name, the JCB Triumph Hurdle is only for juvenile novices, and it is the top race of its type in Britain. While a significant Grade 1 feature itself, the Triumph Hurdle has often seen competitors step forward to the Champion Hurdle.

The leading jockey in the history of the JCB Triumph Hurdle is Barry Geraghty, who has ridden seven winners.

Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer of the race. He has seen seven of his charges take a Triumph Hurdle success.

Philip Hobbs, Willie Mullins, Paul Nicholls, Alan King and Gordon Elliott have trained more than one winner in the last 20 renewals.


How Do Horses Qualify For The JCB Triumph Hurdle?

This juvenile novices’ contest is open to 4-year-olds and above, male and female horses. The weight is set at 11st 9lb while fillies claim a 7lb allowance.


What is the JCB Triumph Hurdle Prize Money in 2023?

The details of the 2023 Triumph Hurdle prize aren’t out yet, but it’s one of the richer races at the Festival. Last year’s winner Quilixios took a prize of £52,753.12, with the rest of the payouts as follows: 2nd £19,874.99, 3rd £9,946.88, 4th £4,968.75, 5th £2,493.75, 6th £1,246.88, 7th £618.75, 8th £318.75.

JCB Triumph Hurdle Past Winners

Some big names have got themselves into the winners’ circle for the Triumph Hurdle.

The great three-time Champion Hurdle winner Persian War landed the Triumph Hurdle. 

He is one of four horses to have landed both the Triumph Hurdle and Champion Hurdle and Clair Soleil, Kribensis and Katchit.

Cheltenham Festival favourite Tiger Roll was a winner of the race in 2014, and among some other big recent winners, there has been Defi Du Seuil and Farclas.

Year  Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Quilixios 2/1 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
2020 Burning Victory 12/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2019 Pentland Hills 20/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2018 Farclas 9/1 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2017 Defi Du Seuil 5/2F Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2016 Ivanovich Gorbatov 9/2F Barry Geraghty Aidan O’Brien
2015 Peace And Co 2/1F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2014 Tiger Roll 10/1 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2013 Our Conor 4/1 Bryan Cooper Dessie Hughes
2012 Countrywide Flame 33/1 Dougie Costello John Quinn
2011 Zarkandar 13/2 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2010 Soldatino 6/1 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson

Other Races on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival

The JCB Triumph Hurdle betting kicks off Day 4 of Cheltenham 2022.  Here are all the races for Friday at the Festival:

13:30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

14:10 The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

14:50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

15:30 The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase (Grade 1)

16:10 The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

16:50 The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeplechase (Grade 2)

17:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-145)