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JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £75964.5
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 1
  • 12 runners
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JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 1-3

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Very useful jumps pedigree; came from mid-division to draw clear on run-in for newcomers race at Auteuil (1m7f, very soft) last April; first task for new yard couldn't have been much more demanding, in the Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) six weeks ago, but he was just 5-1 and made most to be about 2l third of 11 to Kargese; no shock if he were to improve a good deal, which would give him a big shout.

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1st

5

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Majborough

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Very useful jumps pedigree; came from mid-division to draw clear on run-in for newcomers race at Auteuil (1m7f, very soft) last April; first task for new yard couldn't have been much more demanding, in the Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) six weeks ago, but he was just 5-1 and made most to be about 2l third of 11 to Kargese; no shock if he were to improve a good deal, which would give him a big shout.

3/1

3rd

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:50 Leopardstown

Majborough

11st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

prominent, led after 1st, not fluent 4th, headed before last, kept on

5/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 12-121 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

2-3 at Auteuil last spring; ridden by Danny Mullins and hooded for both runs at Leopardstown this winter, travelling best and battling on well when close second in a Grade 2 (yielding; failed to settle) and doing so again when turning the tables on that winner in Grade 1 (soft) six weeks ago, which she took by just over 1l, followed by a host of today's stablemates; it's not by much but she sets the standard among the Irish and her all-conquering yard won three of the last four Triumphs, thoroughly dominating it last year.

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2nd

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Kargese

10st 9lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy ground; consistent and progressive filly whose form figures read 121212, clear second behind very promising stablemate Majborough in the Triumph at Cheltenham most recently; bagged Grade 1 honours at Leopardstown the time before; takes on a couple of exciting and unbeaten males but gets the 7lb allowance and holds solid claims.

11/4

2nd

14

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Kargese

10st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

2-3 at Auteuil last spring; ridden by Danny Mullins and hooded for both runs at Leopardstown this winter, travelling best and battling on well when close second in a Grade 2 (yielding; failed to settle) and doing so again when turning the tables on that winner in Grade 1 (soft) six weeks ago, which she took by just over 1l, followed by a host of today's stablemates; it's not by much but she sets the standard among the Irish and her all-conquering yard won three of the last four Triumphs, thoroughly dominating it last year.

6/1

1st

10

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:50 Leopardstown

Kargese

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead early, prominent after 1st, headway when bit short of room after 2 out, led and ridden before last, not fluent last, ran on

11/2

11/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 1111 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to very smart 2m hurdle winner Saldier; well beaten in Italy on sole run on Flat; unbeaten over hurdles at Warwick, Exeter, Chepstow and Haydock; the Chepstow race (2m, soft) was a Grade 2, with only five runners but he stormed home 21l clear, before he easily justified 2-5 favouritism at Haydock (heavy) despite mistakes at the last two flights; lacks the Grade 1 form of the Mullins contenders but it's hard to say just how good he is.

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3rd

10

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Salver

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Gary Moore

Half-brother to very smart 2m hurdle winner Saldier; well beaten in Italy on sole run on Flat; unbeaten over hurdles at Warwick, Exeter, Chepstow and Haydock; the Chepstow race (2m, soft) was a Grade 2, with only five runners but he stormed home 21l clear, before he easily justified 2-5 favouritism at Haydock (heavy) despite mistakes at the last two flights; lacks the Grade 1 form of the Mullins contenders but it's hard to say just how good he is.

11/1

1st

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:10 Haydock

Salver

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

made all, set steady pace, good jump 5th, not fluent 4 out, going best when mistake 2 out, not fluent last, shaken up and ran on well run-in, comfortably

4/9

1st

6

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 1

14:10 Chepstow

Salver

11st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

led narrowly or disputed lead, going best and went clear after 3 out, went further clear approaching last, impressive

10/1

Form: 1213 D

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

1-6 on Flat, fairly useful form up to 1m5f; won hurdles debut at Killarney in August and first past the post (demoted for interference) at Listowel; gelded and took his form to a higher level in December with Grade 3 win at Fairyhouse (soft) and a close third in Grade 2 at Leopardstown (yielding); stayed on well last time (a nose behind Kargese) and has each-way claims.

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4th

7

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Nurburgring

11st 2lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

1-6 on Flat, fairly useful form up to 1m5f; won hurdles debut at Killarney in August and first past the post (demoted for interference) at Listowel; gelded and took his form to a higher level in December with Grade 3 win at Fairyhouse (soft) and a close third in Grade 2 at Leopardstown (yielding); stayed on well last time (a nose behind Kargese) and has each-way claims.

6/1

3rd

1

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Nurburgring

11st 2lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent on inner, soon went third, outpaced before last, rallied run-in, ran on well towards finish

11/2

Form: 12 D BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Off the mark last March (1m4f, good) at fifth attempt on Flat in France; won by a street at 2-5 on debut for new yard at Punchestown (2m, heavy) on New Year's Eve; that made him favourite for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) six weeks ago and, having been outpaced by Kargese after two out, he edged closer to go down by just over 1l; that puts him in serious calculations.

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5th

12

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Storm Heart

11st 2lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Off the mark last March (1m4f, good) at fifth attempt on Flat in France; won by a street at 2-5 on debut for new yard at Punchestown (2m, heavy) on New Year's Eve; that made him favourite for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) six weeks ago and, having been outpaced by Kargese after two out, he edged closer to go down by just over 1l; that puts him in serious calculations.

5/1

2nd

8

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:50 Leopardstown

Storm Heart

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

midfield, headway and prominent after 3 out, keeping on when not fluent last, kept on but no match for winner

13/8

1st

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 159y

13:45 Punchestown

Storm Heart

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, pressed leader early, prominent after 3rd, hampered when lost position after 5th

13/8

Form: 2-

Last run: 332 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

70,000euros 2yo; third foal; dam unraced half-sister to useful 2m-2m4f hurdle winner L'Unique, bumper/2m hurdle winner Sanglote and French 2m hurdle winner Sans Rien out of half-sister to smart 2m hurdle winner Me Voici; 9-1 and tongue tied, second of 15 to Sir Gino in hurdle newcomers race at Auteuil (1m7f Listed, heavy) last April, seen off only close home as the pair went well clear; hooded on this belated first start since, after a "little setback" with new trainer who also says "he's a top-class horse".

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6th

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Salvator Mundi

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

70,000euros 2yo; third foal; dam unraced half-sister to useful 2m-2m4f hurdle winner L'Unique, bumper/2m hurdle winner Sanglote and French 2m hurdle winner Sans Rien out of half-sister to smart 2m hurdle winner Me Voici; 9-1 and tongue tied, second of 15 to Sir Gino in hurdle newcomers race at Auteuil (1m7f Listed, heavy) last April, seen off only close home as the pair went well clear; hooded on this belated first start since, after a "little setback" with new trainer who also says "he's a top-class horse".

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 14 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Easy winner of his only Flat start (France, last March) and on hurdling debut at Limerick (2m, soft to heavy; at 2-5) at Christmas; 15-2 for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft), never able to challenge from mid-division but keeping on well to go down by about 2l in fourth of 11 to Kargese; has something to learn and improvement to make but he looks a scopey sort with bright future.

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7th

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Bunting

11st 2lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Easy winner of his only Flat start (France, last March) and on hurdling debut at Limerick (2m, soft to heavy; at 2-5) at Christmas; 15-2 for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft), never able to challenge from mid-division but keeping on well to go down by about 2l in fourth of 11 to Kargese; has something to learn and improvement to make but he looks a scopey sort with bright future.

12/1

4th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:50 Leopardstown

Bunting

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

midfield, mistake 5th, headway after 2 out, went fourth when hung left after last, kept on, not reach leaders

10/1

1st

4

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:25 Limerick

Bunting

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

prominent, led before 2 out

5/4

Form: 2521 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Fair form (one 1m4f AW win) in 11-race Flat career; went close in the mud on two of first three starts over hurdles, before an improved show to win well in five-runner race at Newbury (2m, heavy) two weeks ago; it was not sufficiently improved to think he's a player at this top level, though; usual rider Ben Ffrench Davis would normally claim 5lb, but not in this.

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8th

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Ithacas Arrow

11st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Fair form (one 1m4f AW win) in 11-race Flat career; went close in the mud on two of first three starts over hurdles, before an improved show to win well in five-runner race at Newbury (2m, heavy) two weeks ago; it was not sufficiently improved to think he's a player at this top level, though; usual rider Ben Ffrench Davis would normally claim 5lb, but not in this.

100/1

1st

5

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Ithacas Arrow

11st 0lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

raced in second, mistake 5th, challenging before 3 out

9/2

2nd

7

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Ithacas Arrow

11st 0lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

1m4f AW winner; only headed late on in a juvenile hurdle at Sandown (heavy) when 13l ahead of Royal Way; perhaps unnerved by an early mistake when behind that same rival at Kempton (good to soft) in a race won by Triumph favourite Sir Gino; likely contender if returning to the Sandown form.

10/1

Form: 18 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fair French Flat form (1-5) over middle distances; got away with his indifferent jumping when 6-4 favourite at Punchestown in January but made mistakes four, three and two out when soundly beaten behind several of today's rivals in Leopardstown Grade 1 (again 2m on soft; 11-1); needs a huge turnaround.

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9th

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Highwind

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

Fair French Flat form (1-5) over middle distances; got away with his indifferent jumping when 6-4 favourite at Punchestown in January but made mistakes four, three and two out when soundly beaten behind several of today's rivals in Leopardstown Grade 1 (again 2m on soft; 11-1); needs a huge turnaround.

14/1

8th

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:50 Leopardstown

Highwind

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

By the same sire as the yard's smart juvenile hurdler of last season Zarak The Brave; showed useful form on the Flat in France, winning over a near-1m2f at trip Deauville and never out of the first three in five starts; got away with indifferent jumping and overcame a bad mistake at the final flight when winning on hurdling debut at Punchestown last month.

8/1

1st

7

15th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 77y

12:55 Punchestown

Highwind

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold when led early, prominent after 1st, mistake 5th, mistake when pressed leaders 2 out, led again going best before last, went clear when bad mistake and reduced lead last, ridden and went clear again run-in, readily

11/4

Form: 06

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won 1m4f Flat maiden at Limerick (useful form) before 320,000gns sale last July; too free when a very disappointing favourite on hurdle/stable debut at Christmas, so was 50-1 for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) six weeks ago and ran on from out the back to be sixth of 11 to Kargese, beaten about 5l; could be capable of good deal better but it is very much needed.

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10th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Ethical Diamond

11st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Won 1m4f Flat maiden at Limerick (useful form) before 320,000gns sale last July; too free when a very disappointing favourite on hurdle/stable debut at Christmas, so was 50-1 for Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) six weeks ago and ran on from out the back to be sixth of 11 to Kargese, beaten about 5l; could be capable of good deal better but it is very much needed.

16/1

6th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:50 Leopardstown

Ethical Diamond

11st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Fetched 320,000gns last July after his third Flat start, in which he beat a subsequent winner in a 1m4f maiden at Limerick, earning a handicap mark of 89; favourite for the race won by Intellotto here at Christmas, raced a bit too keenly and dropped away in the straight; likely to be capable of a great deal better but hard to fancy against winning stablemates.

25/1

11th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:05 Leopardstown

Ethical Diamond

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 5th

15/8

Form: 19 D BF

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second favourite for Punchestown maiden (2m, soft) in November and put nearly 10l between himself and Lark In The Mornin on run-in; the second won the 4yo handicap here on Tuesday, but this one flopped when favourite for Grade 2 at Christmas (had nasal discharge after, then had wind surgery in January); left Gordon Elliott for 420,000euros from Caldwell dispersal sale in early February and could be a player if tapping back into his debut promise.

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6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Mighty Bandit

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Second favourite for Punchestown maiden (2m, soft) in November and put nearly 10l between himself and Lark In The Mornin on run-in; the second won the 4yo handicap here on Tuesday, but this one flopped when favourite for Grade 2 at Christmas (had nasal discharge after, then had wind surgery in January); left Gordon Elliott for 420,000euros from Caldwell dispersal sale in early February and could be a player if tapping back into his debut promise.

20/1

9th

7

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Mighty Bandit

10st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

5/4

1st

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

11:40 Punchestown

Mighty Bandit

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Order Of St George gelding; dam unraced half-sister to winners Akilak (1m Flat/useful 2m-2m4f jumps) and Akshar (smart 1m-10.5f Flat/2m hurdle); probably a tough ask for a newcomer but his trainer has done well with their younger horses for these owners in recent seasons so can't be ruled out.

7/2

Form: 1 D

Last run: 129 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Four Flat wins (pretty useful form) in a row last August-October, on good ground and yielding; concluded a busy 2023 by justifying favouritism in 11-runner maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, heavy) in November, making most and rallying to deal with a fairly useful rival in clearcut style; trainer said that day that she would have a well-deserved rest and she's not been seen since; others have shown much better form in the interim but she's promising.

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13

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Fratas

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Michael Mulvany

Four Flat wins (pretty useful form) in a row last August-October, on good ground and yielding; concluded a busy 2023 by justifying favouritism in 11-runner maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, heavy) in November, making most and rallying to deal with a fairly useful rival in clearcut style; trainer said that day that she would have a well-deserved rest and she's not been seen since; others have shown much better form in the interim but she's promising.

16/1

1st

9

7th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:38 Fairyhouse

Fratas

10st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Michael Mulvany

led and clear, reduced lead 3rd, mistake when joined 2 out, soon shaken up and went clear again, pushed out

9/4

7th

12

(4)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 202y

15:25 Naas

Fratas

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Michael Mulvany

prominent

14/1

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Peking Opera, Sir Gino

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Payout
Exacta £336.00
Straight Forecast £296.30
Tricast £2400.60
Trifecta £3203.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Kargese

Telegraph:

Storm Heart

SPOTLIGHT:

Majborough

Daily Mirror:

Nurburgring

TOPSPEED:

Mighty Bandit

D Express:

Salver

POSTDATA:

Bunting

LAMBOURN:

Sir Gino

Daily Mail:

Majborough

The Times:

Kargese

Daily Record:

Kargese

The Guardian:

Storm Heart

The Sun:

Storm Heart

The Star:

Nurburgring