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|
|Race Distance||Two miles, one furlong and 179 yards|
|Number of Jumps||Eight|
|Race Type||Hurdle race|
|Horses’ Minimum Age||Four years and older|
Triumph Hurdle Betting Odds
|Il Etait Temps||10/1|
|The Tide Turns||25/1|
|The Famous Five||100/1|
|Interne de Sivola||100/1|
|Six Feet Apart||100/1|
|Ages of Man||100/1|
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
|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.