The opening race on Gold Cup day is always a difficult puzzle to solve with so many unexposed youngsters in the line-up, but let’s give it a go anyway…
Who won the Triumph Hurdle in 2016?
As ever, this was a wide-open running of the 4yo championship with plenty of angles to assess going into the race.
It was Aidan O´Brien who came out on top with Ivanovich Gordbatov.
The seemed to go a good gallop, notwithstanding the field choosing to ignore the front-running outsider, and the two principals fought out a terrific finish with Apples Jade following home the winner in a fierce battle up the hill. The winner was clearly expected to relish the return to a quicker surface and so it proved.
This may be the peak of his jumping career though as he’s struggled to hit those heights in all age company.
How to pick the winner of the 2017 Triumph Hurdle?
Latching yourself onto winning form is crucial when dabbling in this market as 19 of the last 21 Triumph Hurdle winners had previous winning form on their last start.
When you consider more than half of the field won’t have crossed the line in front on their previous start, this trend is a great place to start in order to rule out a big percentage of the field.
Also, whatever wins the Adonis Hurdle in February for the UK challengers is worth a second look whatever the price is. Always strong form.
Ante-post tip for the Triumph Hurdle?
Joseph O’Brien looks to have the key this season with such an array of top-quality flat horses being taken from his father’s yard and switched hurdling. Landofhopeandglory looked a horse that should climb quite high over hurdles. He’s one to keep an eye on in all of the big Christmas races.
The 8/1 on offer now could be pretty big come March.