TRIUMPH HURDLE

The final day of the Festival gets underway with the JCB Triumph Hurdle, the season’s championship contest for juvenile hurdlers. 

Grade 1 | 4yo only | Friday 13.30
2 miles 1 furlong | 8 hurdles | New Course
Weight: 11st | Allowance: 7lb for fillies
Prize money (2022): £135,000 | 1st: £75,965

With the four-year-old contestants very much at the start of their careers, it is no surprise to see many winners and placed horses go on to bigger and better things. 

Four horses have won the Triumph and Champion Hurdle, most recently Katchit.

Tiger Roll won the 2014 renewal, the first of his 5 Festival wins plus, of course, back-to-back Aintree Grand National victories.

Even those unplaced in the Triumph Hurdle have gone on to big wins.

For example, the 2016 renewal featured both Clan Des Obeaux (6th) who won the Punchestown Gold Cup in 2021 and Frodon (8th), winner of the 2019 Ryanair Chase.

Nicky Henderson has trained 7 winners
9 of the last 13 winners were unbeaten over hurdles
6 of the last 9 winners ran in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle last time out
3 of the last 15 favourites won

Field sizes have reduced dramatically since the introduction of the Fred Winter Hurdle, with graded form coming to the fore.  

While some are yet to be handed an official handicap mark, Peace And Co in 2015 and Defi du Seuil in 2017 were both rated 155.

Leopardstown's Spring Juvenile Hurdle has produced 6 of the last 9 Triumph winners: Quilixios, Farclas, Ivanovich Gorbatov, Tiger Roll, Our Conor and Countrywide Flame.

Nicky Henderson has won multiple Triumph Hurdles - including a 1-2-3 in 2015 - but he hasn't had a runner in the last two years.

Gordon Elliott has had two winners and two seconds since 2016 - from just 6 runners, and was also training Quilixios before his suspension ahead of the Festival in 2021.

Philip Hobbs also boasts a decent strike rate, with three winners and two seconds from 10 runners since 2004. But he hasn't had a contender for the last three years.

Quilixios won the Triumph Hurdle last year having previously won the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown and Vauban is looking to complete the same double this year.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
4
146
11-0
2021
4
147
11-0
2020
4
10-7
2019
4
11-0
2018
4
140
11-0
Two recent winners had no official handicap mark as they had both run just once over hurdles before lining up in the Triumph Hurdle. Goshen who would have won in 2020 but for unseating his rider after the final flight was rated 151.

RECENT WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Vauban
Paul Townend / W P Mullins
6/4f
2021
Quilixios
Rachael Blackmore / Henry De Bromhead
2/1
2020
Burning Victory
Paul Townend / W P Mullins
12/1
2019
Pentland Hills
Nico de Boinville / Nicky Henderson
20/1
2018
Farclas
Jack Kennedy / Gordon Elliott
9/1
2017
Defi du Seuil
Richard Johnson / Philip Hobbs
5/2f
2016
Ivanovich Gorbatov
Barry Geraghty / Aidan O'Brien
9/2f
2015
Peace And Co
Barry Geraghty / Nicky Henderson
2/1f
2014
Tiger Roll
Davy Russell / Gordon Elliott
10/1
2013
Our Conor
Bryan Cooper / Dessie Hughes
4/1
2012
Countrywide Flame
Dougie Costello / John Quinn
33/1
2011
Zarkandar
Daryl Jacob / Paul Nicholls
13/2
2010
Soldatino
Barry Geraghty / Nicky Henderson
6/1
2009
Zaynar
Barry Geraghty / Nicky Henderson
11/2
2008
Celestial Halo
Ruby Walsh / Paul Nicholls
5/1
2007
Katchit
Robert Thornton / Alan King
11/2
2006
Detroit City
Richard Johnson / Philip Hobbs
7/2f
2005
Penzance
Robert Thornton / Alan King
9/1
2004
Made in Japan
Richard Johnson / Philip Hobbs
20/1
2003
Spectroscope
Barry Geraghty / Jonjo O'Neill
20/1
2002
Scolardy
Charlie Swan / W P Mullins
16/1
2001

Festival Cancelled

2000
Snow Drop
Thierry Doumen / François Doumen
7/1f

Quilixios was Rachael Blackmore's sixth winner of the week in 2021: 

There was a dramatic ending in 2020 when favourite Goshen unseated his rider Jamie Moore at the last hurdle when in command.

That let in the Willie Mullins-trained mare, Burning Victory, for a rather fortunate win:

Pentland Hills recorded a seventh Triumph Hurdle victory for Nicky Henderson in 2019:

Farclas won for Gordon Elliott in 2018 on only his third start over hurdles:

The favourite Defi du Seuil extended his unbeaten record over jumps to six in 2017:

Back in 2013, Our Conor was an exhilarating winner for jockey Bryan Cooper:

‘THE WINNER HAS FLOWN FAR, FAR, AWAY’