March 17 / 13.30 Cheltenham

13.30

Soft

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £78332.9
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 1
  • 15 runners
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JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 1-112 D BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Easy winner over hurdles at Auteuil, Fairyhouse (Grade 3) and Leopardstown (Grade 2 from Gala Marceau) from first three starts, on very soft on debut and soft on next two starts; 1-3 for eight-runner Grade 1 at Leopardstown (yielding) six weeks ago but was carried right back through the field after three out and, although recovering to threaten briefly, she could never get to Gala Marceau; more professional than that stablemate in terms of settling but there might not be much between them on ability.
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1st

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Lossiemouth

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, in rear

8/13

1st

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Lossiemouth

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top juvenile hurdler last season, notably winning the Triumph over C&D (soft) and the Punchestown equivalent (good to yielding); should be unbeaten, as she looked unlucky in sole defeat; respected on reappearance and first crack at open company.

8/13

1st

8

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Punchestown

Lossiemouth

10st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced in third

4/5

9/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1-121 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
French 1m1f winner on heavy as a 2yo and scored twice there over hurdles last spring, notably in a fillies' Listed race by 11l; made Irish debut at Christmas behind Lossiemouth and was much too free but beat the rest; again badly failed to settle in Leopardstown Grade 1 (2m, yielding) but she stole a march on the hampered Lossiemouth two out and never looked like relinquishing her advantage; unsurprisingly hooded today; should be vulnerable late on if that fails to settle her but she clearly has stacks of ability.
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6th

3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Gala Marceau

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

20/1

3rd

1

21st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 41y

14:45 Punchestown

Gala Marceau

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, prominent and disputing second, not fluent 4 out, not fluent 2 out, soon outpaced, weakening when mistake last

7/4

3rd

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

14:05 Doncaster

Gala Marceau

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, not fluent 2nd, pushed along and went second approaching last, ridden run-in, no extra and lost second inside final furlong

7/4

14/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 11 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Second start when she won a fillies' Listed contest at Auteuil (2m2f, very soft) in September on hurdles debut; 4-9 for Irish/stable debut in five-runner Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (2m, yielding) three weeks ago, going past Hypotenus before bad mistakes at the last two flights but still winning; capable of better but her sights are raised considerably.
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7th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Zenta

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Fine third in Triumph Hurdle over C&D (soft) last March then won Grade 1 4yo hurdle at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft); just two runs this season, most recently good third of 21 on handicap debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft); improvement needed but this 5yo is unexposed and in top hands; in with a chance.

11/1

3rd

8

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Zenta

11st 5lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Good juvenile hurdler last season, winning a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse and the Grade 1 at Aintree; somewhat disappointing on his chase debut at Cork in December; back over hurdles off a mark which could be exploitable; interesting runner.

10/1

3rd

5

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

13:45 Cork

Zenta

10st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Among the leading juvenile hurdlers last season, winning Grade 3 at Fairyhouse, fine third in Triumph Hurdle and then not suited by steady pace when scrambling home in Grade 1 Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree, having probably gone on too soon; very interesting recruit to chasing and holds a Grade 1 entry in the Racing Post Novice at Leopardstown over Christmas.

11/8

Form: 15

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won well at Auteuil (2m2f, very soft) in September on debut; just 8-1 for stable debut in Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) six weeks ago and should have come on since but he was readily left behind by four rivals from the home turn/ and ended up 21l behind winner Gala Marceau.
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0

4

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Gust Of Wind

10st 13lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Auteuil winner last year and showed a useful level of form last term including a 10l fourth in the Triumph; ran to a similar level when third here on final start of last season and gave the impression he wasn't the finished article last season; should be more to come and drop in class will help.

6/4

3rd

4

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Fairyhouse

Gust Of Wind

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Auteuil winner who was making his debut for Willie Mullins when well held in a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival (behind Tekao) and he found plenty on that form to be fourth in the Triumph; a reproduction of that effort will see him in the mix and there's no doubt more to come from him.

3/1

4th

5

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Gust Of Wind

11st 2lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Won well at Auteuil (2m2f, very soft) in September on debut; just 8-1 for stable debut in Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) six weeks ago and should have come on since but he was readily left behind by four rivals from the home turn/ and ended up 21l behind winner Gala Marceau.

40/1

Form: 24

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful at 1m/1m2f on Flat; beaten half a length by Tekao (flop here on Tuesday) in 2m maiden on soft at Leopardstown at Christmas on hurdle debut; 33-1 fourth of eight in Grade 1 there six weeks ago was better form but he would have been soundly beaten by three Mullins rivals even without bad blunder at the last; early days in this sphere but he needs a transformation.
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5th

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 150y

13:45 Navan

Ascending

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second, lost second but prominent after 3rd, led narrowly after 2 out, not fluent when headed last, weakened towards finish

15/8

4

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:00 Leopardstown

Ascending

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

1m handicap winner for Clive Cox; had only three runs over hurdles last season but managed a fine fifth in the Triumph Hurdle which was comprehensively dominated by the Willie Mullins squad; started the new campaign with third behind the Mullins-trained It's For Me at Punchestown; form has been franked by runner-up Caldwell Potter.

15/8

3rd

2

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 107y

14:05 Punchestown

Ascending

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in third throughout, challenging 2 out, outpaced approaching last, kept on, no match for first two

9/4

Form: 2

Last run: 129 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
10-1 from 14-1, 10l second of 14 in maiden at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in November, taking time to settle, challenging entering the straight but rapidly put in his place by a Willie Mullins-trained favourite (who was 4l second to Lossiemouth next time); should improve but this second assignment couldn't be much harder.
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1st

12

6th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 185y

13:48 Cork

Rightsotom

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Thomas Mullins

started quickly, made all, clear from 1st, 7 lengths ahead going easily approaching last, eased final 110yds, readily

Evs

4th

6

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Rightsotom

11st 2lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Thomas Mullins

Twice raced; finished second at Fairyhouse in November, then appeared to run well (200-1 sixth) in the Triumph but never threatened and may be flattered by that bare form; others preferred.

33/1

6

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Fairyhouse

Rightsotom

11st 0lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Thomas Mullins

Ran exceptionally well for a once-raced 200-1 chance in the Triumph, albeit without remotely threatening to play a major role at the business end; difficult to know what to make of that and this should reveal more, but unwise to be too dismissive.

16/1

100/1

Form: 4-6

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Lots of promise when fourth at Auteuil (1m7f, very soft) last April on debut, albeit 12l behind the winner Lossiemouth; not seen again until 50-1 in last month's Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) in which she went on three out but subsided rapidly after mistake two out; while likely to leave that form way behind in due course, she is surely best watched today.
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0

6

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:45 Cork

Cinsa

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent early, soon steadied and in touch with leaders

5/2

1st

12

20th May 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:40 Wexford

Cinsa

10st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead early, raced in second from 2nd, pushed along and led when not fluent 2 out, shaken up and clear last, ridden out and reduced lead towards finish

2/5

8th

5

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Punchestown

Cinsa

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Dropped in at the deep end in two runs for this yard and has come up short; 21l behind Lossiemouth in the Triumph when 200-1.

33/1

Form: 606

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Pretty useful on Flat for Mick Channon, ending with 1m5f win on soft; made 105,000gns in October; has struggled, including with his jumping, in three Irish maiden hurdles in the mud this year; hooded latest and today.
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6th

1

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:00 Punchestown

Jacovec Cavern

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Hennessy

held up in last

100/1

8th

7

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Jacovec Cavern

11st 2lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Hennessy

Pretty useful on Flat for Mick Channon, ending with 1m5f win on soft; made 105,000gns in October; has struggled, including with his jumping, in three Irish maiden hurdles in the mud this year; hooded latest and today.

150/1

6th

5

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:42 Gowran Park

Jacovec Cavern

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Paul Hennessy

Dual Flat winner rated 80 for Mick Channon; struggled with his jumping on hurdle bow at Punchestown when a creditable sixth; better jumping when beaten 10l at Naas; hood now tried and warrants respect.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-11 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Runner-up at Auteuil last April on sole French start; 4-5, made most and impressive when he got serious in maiden at Cork (2m1f, yielding to soft) in December when next seen; 8-13 and allowed his own way up front at Fairyhouse (2m, soft to heavy) two months ago but he again left a deep impression, surging a long way clear again from two out and that was from rivals including subsequent Grade 2 Adonis winner Nusret and Tuesday's 4yo handicap winner; his jumping has not been the most fluent but he looks a high-class prospect.
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3rd

1

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Blood Destiny

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, not fluent 4 out, keeping on towards far side when not fluent 2 out, went third after last, no impression towards finish

13/8

1st

2

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:48 Navan

Blood Destiny

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced wide, soon raced in second, switched left and joined leader after 3rd, challenging going easily after 3 out, led 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

13/8

2nd

5

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

13:05 Punchestown

Blood Destiny

10st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, led, faced challenge towards near side before last, staying on run-in

1/2

Form: 6266

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Useful at best on Flat for Gosdens; 0-4 over hurdles in Ireland, runner-up in maiden at Punchestown (2m, heavy); blinkers (used on Flat) were back instead of cheekpieces at Naas on latest start and he came last of six, nothing like the full story as that contest again proved key to 4yo handicap here on Tuesday and he was very reluctant to race, also blundering badly three out; no headgear today; while capable of better, this is a very stiff task.
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33/1

Form: 240U11 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
First foal; dam unplaced in French AQPS Flat races, half-sister to two French chase winners up to 2m5f; six runs in France for Patrice Quinton; unseated in a chase in September but won twice when back over hurdles at Pau (2m1f, very soft) last month, well on top; can make the running; new stable had an ex-French 4yo start well-backed second favourite on British debut in the handicap here on Tuesday but that did not work out.
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3rd

13

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Jipcot

10st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Two-time French hurdle winner (including Listed); things finally clicked in Britain at Huntingdon (2m, soft) last Sunday when he went back over hurdles and won easily with hood/tongue-tie combined (same today); had only four rivals to beat and this is much hotter, but he's respected under a penalty.

11/2

1st

1

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:05 Huntingdon

Jipcot

12st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won twice over hurdles in France last February (including Listed race) and was in good form in British handicap chases when last seen in the autumn; has a fighting chance here if fully tuned up after three-month break; hood and tongue-tie both fitted for first time in Britain.

5/1

Form: 3

Last run: 159 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Third foal; sister to useful 2m3f hurdle winner Hors Piste, half-sister to 1m7f hurdle/2m1f chase winner Itours Brun; dam French 1m3f AQPS Flat winner; 22-1, 5l third of 11 in hurdle race for 3yo fillies at Auteuil (2m2f, very soft) in October, racing freely and soon going on until outpointed from two out; promising but it's asking a great deal for her to be a leading player today.
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12th

13

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Je Garde

10st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Third foal; sister to useful 2m3f hurdle winner Hors Piste, half-sister to 1m7f hurdle/2m1f chase winner Itours Brun; dam French 1m3f AQPS Flat winner; 22-1, 5l third of 11 in hurdle race for 3yo fillies at Auteuil (2m2f, very soft) in October, racing freely and soon going on until outpointed from two out; promising but it's asking a great deal for her to be a leading player today.

50/1

100/1

Form: 343 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful maiden on his day on Flat, best form 1m4f on soft; had gelding and wind operations afterwards; third at Ludlow on hurdles/stable debut and much better form when 12l fourth of seven in Grade 2 here (2m1f, soft) next time; however, lots to find on that form, whereas he was a flop when favourite at Market Rasen on latest outing.
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12th

9

(7)

30th Apr 2023

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 4

17:15 Musselburgh

Active Duty

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Ben Pauling

Patchy form over hurdles this year but he was fourth of seven in a Grade 2 4yo hurdle at Cheltenham in January, and he's on a competitive mark on his best Irish Flat form; respectable run when 10l second of six in a 1m4f AW novice three weeks ago and he's not ruled out.

13/2

2nd

2

(4)

10th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

14:18 Wolverhampton (AW)

Active Duty

9st 4lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up twice from six starts on turf in Ireland last year and has run some creditable races over hurdles for this yard, albeit beaten out of sight in the Triumph Hurdle last time; likely to find a few of these more progressive on AW debut.

8/1

13th

1

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Active Duty

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Ben Pauling

Fairly useful maiden on his day on Flat, best form 1m4f on soft; had gelding and wind operations afterwards; third at Ludlow on hurdles/stable debut and much better form when 12l fourth of seven in Grade 2 here (2m1f, soft) next time; however, lots to find on that form, whereas he was a flop when favourite at Market Rasen on latest outing.

100/1

Form: 2

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Useful Flat pedigree and 3-9 in that sphere in France with fairly useful form at up to 1m3f, including on soft; 215,000 euros buy in October; wore a hood and tongue-tie (kept today) when 7-1 in Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (2m, yielding) three weeks ago, making most and keeping on 3l behind Zenta; while that was a promising stable/hurdle debut, this is a very tough second assignment.
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6th

2

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:25 Musselburgh

Hypotenus

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has run seven times over hurdles, winning only once (a maiden at Gowran in September) but he easily finished 15l ahead that day and took third of six in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) two months ago on latest outing; his jumping is still not that great but this return to the forecast better ground may suit and he's an each-way player on form.

11/4

3rd

5

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Hypotenus

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Runner-up in a Grade 3 last season and bolted up in a maiden hurdle at Gowran in September; however, last of six in a novice at Naas since and has a bit to find.

6/1

6th

2

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:50 Naas

Hypotenus

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won three on the Flat in France; made a good start over hurdles for John McConnell when second in a Grade 3 event at Fairyhouse in February; pulled up in the Triumph Hurdle; second in a Cork maiden in July before below-par Galway festival run; joined Gavin Cromwell and ran out a decisive winner of a maiden at Gowran in September despite an untidy round of jumping.

7/4

Form: 3-16 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to high-class stablemate Editeur Du Gite; ran once in France last April; hooded for both British starts, making all and spreadeagling the opposition at Newbury on New Year's Eve but way too headstrong up front in Grade 2 here on Trials Day, both on soft; the first of those two runs had looked very promising but he badly needs to calm down.
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4th

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Jupiter Du Gite

11st 8lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

led, soon clear

7/4

4th

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Jupiter Du Gite

11st 8lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

led, soon clear

7/4

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Payout
Exacta £6.20
Straight Forecast £5.88
Tricast £38.36
Trifecta £46.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Blood Destiny

RP Ratings:

Lossiemouth

TOPSPEED:

Gala Marceau

WEST COUNTRY:

Jipcot

Daily Mirror:

Lossiemouth

The Star:

Lossiemouth

Daily Record:

Lossiemouth

Telegraph:

Blood Destiny

The Guardian:

Blood Destiny

Daily Mail:

Blood Destiny

D Express:

Blood Destiny

The Sun:

Blood Destiny

POSTDATA:

Gala Marceau

The Times:

Gala Marceau