The Triumph Hurdle is a race for four year olds only and they take in eight jumps over two miles.
This race proved to provide the shock of the festival last year when Goshen was a country mile clear of his opposition and unseated a later inconsolable Jamie Moore.
Burning Victory was left to pick up the remnants and in the end recorded a bloodless victory over Aspire Tower and Allmankind.
Statistics-wise favourites have an abysmal record in the race and have only won three times in the last decade.
Four of the last eight winners have used Leopardstown as a warm up for this race (Farclas, Ivanovich Gorbatov, Tiger Roll and Our Conor).
The last ten winners of the race had their previous run within fifty-five days of it and no French horse has won this since Snow Drop in 2000.
Nicky Henderson has won the race four times in the last two decades and two of those came within the last six (Peace And Co and Pentland Hills).
Previous Winners of the JCB Triumph Hurdle
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the JCB Triumph Hurdle 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Tritonic – Alan King
Tritonic went into a lot of notebooks with the way he won the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton last time out.
He was made a clear favourite on the back of that run but I harbour reservations.
His wins have come on flat tracks and that is no surprise given his pedigree and form in that sphere.
Will need to find another extra gear to last up this hill and whilst Alan King did this with Katchit, it has been a long time between drinks and he looks too short now.
Zanahiyr – Denise Foster
Zanahiyr has beaten every rival he has faced to date with the minimum of fuss including when stepping up into Grade Two company last time at Leopardstown.
He has had a fairly easy time of things since his run just after Christmas, while many of his potential rivals have been enduring quite hard races.
He won races at distances of up to a mile-and-a-half on the flat when trained by Mick Halford and has turned himself into a high class hurdler for new connections.
There is undoubtedly more to come and he is a serious contender here.
Quilixios – Henry De Bromhead
Quilixios clearly has a lot or raw and natural ability.
He comes into this race on the back of a three race unbeaten run including in a Grade One at Leopardstown last month.
In any normal year his rating of 144 would be strong enough to win this but there is a lot of talent on display in this race.
Hopefully, a recent change of stable will not have had much of an effect on him and he can run another solid race.
Owned by Cheveley Park stud, their ever expanding empire would be given a massive boost should he go onto win this race.
Adagio – David Pipe
Adagio has something which many of those ahead of him in the market at present don’t.
He has had the experience of winning and being placed over this course and distance in November and December.
He then came out to win on soft ground at Chepstow in January before being put away for this by David Pipe.
Seems versatile regarding ground conditions and adds further spice to what is already a red hot race.
Haut En Couleurs – Willie Mullins
Haut En Couleurs won on his sole start for Gabriel Leenders at Auteuil back in October when beating Swiss Guard by a head.
He has subsequently been moved to the yard of Willie Mullins, but it would be quite an achievement if he were to win this on his first start for the Closutton handler.
There is not much else to go on, but being a French bred horse, he will be well forward in himself.
If participating he would have a tough task on paper.
Tax For Max – Willie Mullins
Tax For Max is a German import to the Willie Mullins team.
He won on debut over a mile and a quarter when making his debut in Hanover.
Beaten in a Group One next time, he was put away with the intention of going to the sales.
He made a fair debut given that he seemed to run with the choke out for most of the race at Fairyhouse.
He always jumped well enough but needs to take another significant step forward.
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2021 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips
Quilixios is the one I have landed on because he already has solid Grade One form in the book.
He comes here unbeaten and in recent weeks Tritonic has usurped him in the market because of his win in the Adonis Hurdle.
Tritonic ran only a couple of weeks ago whilst both Irish raiders have had longer to prepare and come here relatively fresh.
Zanahiyr is another exciting horse, but has not bumped into one quite as good as Quilixios yet and an exciting battle looms.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 5/4 Zanahiyr
- 2/1 Tritonic
- 4/1 Quilixios
- 9/1 Adagio
- 12/1 Haut En Couleurs
- 25/1 Tax For Max