The Triumph Hurdle is a grade 1 hurdles race run over a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong over the Cheltenham New Course, with runners required to clear 8 hurdles during the race. Henry de Bromhead's Quilixios, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, was a fine winner of the Triumph Hurdle at odds of 2/1. Don't miss our Triumph Hurdle race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
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The final day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival gets underway with the grade one Triumph Hurdle. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race, run over two miles and one furlong, for horses aged four. Unlike the Supreme Novices Hurdle, this race restricts entry to 4-year-old novice hurdlers, eliminating age difference from the factors that decide the race winner. This makes the race the starting platform for many young horses, and it is certainly a race to watch for the future.
The JCB Triumph Hurdle often attracts a maximum field so tactics are crucial, and prominent runners could be at an advantage by keeping out of the carnage further down the field.
And now we take a closer look at this year's JCB Triump Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Triumph Hurdle 2022?
VAUBAN was beaten on his first hurdles start in Ireland by Pied Piper. Despite the defeat it was a very eyecatching performance and Willie Mullins’ star then showed an excellent turn of foot to beat Fil Dor in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle. Since then he is the red hot favourite to win this race.
FIL DOR has only lost once since joining Gordon Elliott after finishing second on his sole French start last year. That defeat came in the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at the hands of Vauban on Boxing Day.
PIED PIPER also joined Gordon Elliott's yar in recent months. Since then he has beaten Vauban and then travelled over to Cheltenham and won a Grade 2 over this course and distance by 9 lenghts.
Already a Chepstow Grade 1 winner, Gary Moore's PORTICELLO looks to have a real chance of being a serious contender after romping away to win the William Hill Super Odds Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle at Haydock, by a whopping 17 lenghts.
After finishing Runner-up in a 1½m bumper on the second of 2 starts in France, IL ETAIT TEMPS ran a blinder on debut for Willie Mullins. He was third to Vauban on his debut thrown into a Grade One at Leopardstown that day and we expect him to progress.
Milton Harris' KNIGHT SALUTE made it five wins this season in the Adonis Hurdle by three and a quarter lengths. Prior to that he won Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle trial back here in November. He was last seen when landing the Grade 2 Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster and he has been given a break since.
Dark horses?Adonis Hurdle runner-up TEDDY BLUE ran 3 ¼ lengths behind the already mentioned Knight Salute at Kempton, but that was only his second run over the sticks. He clearly has ability and is also improving with each run and could be an interesting each way shot.
DOCTOR PARNASSUS is an unbeaten hurdler. Since joining Dan Skelton, he romped home by ten lengths in what was his hurdling debut at Ascot. He supplemented that victory with another runaway success at Taunton next time out.
LUNAR POWER has twice finished second to Fil Dor in Graded races this season while ICARE ALLEN, winner of a bumper on his only outing in his native France, he made a winning debut for Willie Mullins by taking a maiden hurdle at the Christmas meeting in Leopardstown. He finished fifth behind Vauban last time out in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle.
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TRIUMPH HURDLE TRENDS
- Just 3 of the last 15 favourites won
- 7 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
- 9 of the last 13 winners were unbeaten over hurdles
- The last 10 winners had won if they had run at Cheltenham before
- 8 of the last 12 winners were rated 140 or higher (4 didn’t have a rating yet)
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2022 TRIUMPH HURDLE FAQs
What time is the Triumph Hurdle?
The Triumph Hurdle is the 1st race run on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 18, 2022 and the official starting time is 1:30pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Triumph Hurdle?
There are 8 obstacles to jump for the Triumph Hurdle runners
What is the distance of the Triumph Hurdle?
The Triumph Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles and 179 yards
What is the prize money for the Triumph Hurdle?
The total prize money on offer for the Triumph Hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.
Who won the Triumph Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Quilixios at SP of 2/1, trained by Henry De Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore.
What weights are carried for the Triumph Hurdle?
11st (4yo colts), with a 7lb allowance for fillies.
Who is the leading jockey in the Triumph Hurdle?
The now retired Barry Geraghty has won this race five times. No current jockey has won the race more than once.
Who is the leading trainer in the Triumph Hurdle?
Nicky Henderson has trained 7 winners, including a 1-2-3 in 2015. Anyway, he hasn't had a runner in the last two years. Philip Hobbs has won the race three times, most recently in 2017, while Gordon Elliott has saddled two winners and two placed horses from just nine runners.