Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Triumph Hurdle Betting Guide


The Triumph Hurdle is the leading event in the National Hunt calendar and also one that is exclusively contested by juvenile novice hurdlers. It is a Group One National Hunt hurdle race that is the opening race on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. The race is open to horses aged four years only and is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of two miles and 179 yards. Over that course, there are eight hurdles to be jumped.

Triumph Hurdle 2022 Stats

Date Friday, 18 March 2022
Start Time 13:30
Race Distance Two miles, one furlong and 179 yards
Number of Jumps Eight
Race Type Hurdle race
Purse £93,750
Horses’ Minimum Age Four years and older


Triumph Hurdle Betting Odds

Horse Novibet Odds
Vauban 8/5
Pied Piper 19/10
Fil Dor 5/1
Porticello 9/1
Knight Salute 10/1
Il Etait Temps 10/1
Icare Allen 12/1
Doctor Parnassus 12/1
Teddy Blue 16/1
Lunar Power 20/1
The Tide Turns 25/1
Petit Tonnerre 33/1
Grivetana 40/1
Gaelic Warrior 40/1
Rubaud 50/1
Fleurman 66/1
Too Friendly 66/1
Pleasant Man 66/1
Silver Shade 66/1
Skycutter 66/1
The Famous Five 100/1
Interne de Sivola 100/1
Graystone 100/1
Saint Riquier 100/1
Glen Again 100/1
Oxygen 100/1
Icone dAubrelle 100/1
Milldam 100/1
Innatendue 100/1
Invictus Smart 100/1
Meritorious 100/1
Sea Sessions 100/1
Bascule 100/1
Vadaly 100/1
Swinging London 100/1
Koi Dodville 100/1
Coolcullen 100/1
Six Feet Apart 100/1
Cuban Cigar 100/1
White Pepper 100/1
Ages of Man 100/1
Britzka 125/1
Forever William 125/1
Hms Seahorse 125/1


Triumph Hurdle Betting Tips

The Triumph Hurdle is a race in which many young horses put their unbeaten records on the line. Banned last year, trainer Gordon Elliott is back and apologetic if not totally forgiven. He does however boast a superb record in this particular race and looks to go strong again now that he is has returned. While Willie Mullins’ Vauban is the odds on favourite, he was beaten by Elliot’s Pied Piper at Punchestown on the final day of last year who then followed that up by producing an easy nine length win in the recent Triumph Hurdle trial race at Cheltenham so very much looks like a future star in the making.

This is not to dismiss our odds on favourite Vauban – or the long term ante post favourite Elliot runner Fil D’Or – for that matter, but at 8/5 and facing a horse who has already beaten him, the price doesn’t quite fit the reward. The four year old won by a decent three lengths over Fil Dor when last out. That was back at the Dublin Racing Festival, just after having missed out against Pied Piper by half a length at Punchestown. Both of those runs will have provided the perfect preparation for Cheltenham which does go some way to justifying his short price.

All About The Triumph Hurdle

The Triumph Hurdle is for juvenile novice hurdlers and is the leading National Hunt event exclusively held for juveniles. Because this is a race for future stars races, this is a race that is only open to four year olds meaning this traditional curtain raiser, which runs on the fourth and final day of the festival, gets a completely new line up every year.

It is another Group One contest at the four day celebration of jump racing. This is a hurdle race that is run on Cheltenham’s New Course and is open to horses that are aged four years and is run on the New Course over a distance of two miles and 179 yards during which there are eight hurdles to clear.

A History Of The Triumph Hurdle

This event was first established in 1939 and was actually a race that was originally held at Hurst Park in Surrey. Six of the first seven winners were French based. This was no fluke, in its early history this race was regularly contested by horses exclusively trained in France. In 1954, the flat racing jockey Lester Piggott pulled off one of his twenty hurdle victories in this very race while it was still based in Surrey.

Hurst Park shut down in 1962 meaning that the Triumph Hurdle did not take place in 1963 and 1964. One year later, the race got the shot in the arm it needed when it was revived and transferred to Cheltenham in 1965. Originally running in Cheltenham’s April meeting, it wasn’t for another three years that race was to be included as part of festival in 1968. Many winners of the Triumph Hurdle go on compete in the Champion Hurdle. Only four horses have ever won both events, however. These are Clair Soleil, Persian War, Kribensis and Katchit.

Former Winners of Triumph Hurdle

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

Triumph Hurdle Records

  • Barry Geraghty is the leading Triumph Hurdle jockey with five wins.
  • The race’s leading trainer is Nicky Henderson who tops the list with seven wins.

Triumph Hurdle Betting FAQs

Who is the favourite to win the Triumph Hurdle?

This could change but right now it is Vauban.

Which channel broadcasts the Triumph Hurdle?

In Ireland, viewers looking to watch the race can do so on Virgin Media.

What is the distance of the Triumph Hurdle?

The distance of the race is two miles, one furlong and 179 yards.

Is this a right handed track or a left handed track?

The Triumph Hurdle is run on a left handed track.

Are winning favourites common or rare in the Triumph Hurdle?

This is a race that has seen its fair share of longer priced winners and the last time a favourite won this race was back in 2017.