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.
Five of the last nine winners have used Leopardstown as a warm up for this race (Quilixios, Farclas, Ivanovich Gorbatov, Tiger Roll and Our Conor).
The last eleven 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 seven (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 2022.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
VAUBAN – WILLIE MULLINS
Vauban had a progressive four-race Flat campaign in France, winning middle-distance races.
He couldn’t quite match Pied Piper on hurdles debut at Punchestown when the pair drew some 15 lengths clear of Tuesday’s Fred Winter fourth HMS Seahorse.
He followed that with a decisive win over Fil Dor and hurdling newcomer Il Etait Temps in Grade 1 at Leopardstown just six weeks ago and that could arguably be the best form in this line-up.
PIED PIPER – GORDON ELLIOTT
Pied Piper was useful on Flat, starting last term over middle distances, before being sold to new connections.
He raced freely and was always very prominent in the 20-runner maiden hurdle at Punchestown when beating Vauban gamely by a half length.
The recent deluge of rain will help him here and he is a top prospect. No surprise if he fends off Vauban yet again.
FIL DOR – GORDON ELLIOTT
Fil Dor appreciated staying distances on the flat and he was impressive on his hurdling debut at Down Royal before accounting for Lunar Power in both a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse and Grade 2 at Leopardstown.
He was sent off as a 6-5 favourite for a Grade 1 at Leopardstown six weeks ago but he was beaten three lengths by Vauban.
He has work to do to reverse the form with that re-opposing rival but it’s not impossible.
IL ETAIT TEMPS – WILLIE MULLINS
Il Etait Temps was a runner-up at Vichy in the second of two French bumpers last spring.
He made his debut for Willie Mullins when pitched in at the very deep end for a Grade 1 at Leopardstown six weeks ago.
He was an unconsidered 40-1 shot and started in the rear but began passing horses before two out and kept on admirably to finish third.
Has to improve again to make up the ground on Vauban and Fil Dor, but that could well be on the cards.
ICARE ALLEN – WILLIE MULLINS
Icare Allen was a bumper winner in France who took a maiden at Leopardstown and then a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse in his new sphere.
However, he was rather disappointing in a Leopardstown Grade 1 on his previous start, where he faded so markedly into fifth of nine when crossing swords with Vauban.
PORTICELLO – GARY MOORE
Porticello made his debut a winning one in France last April.
His sole defeat in four British starts came against Knight Salute at Doncaster, but he rallied to get back within three-quarters of a length of his conqueror.
He made further improvement to record wide-margin wins in a Chepstow Grade 1 and at Haydock.
If he was trained by an Irish handler he would be a smaller price.
KNIGHT SALUTE – MILTON HARRIS
Knight Salute struggled on the Flat in France, but things have clicked in a big way to maintain his unbeaten five-race career for new yard over hurdles.
His last three wins all came in Grade 2s including over this course and distance.
Milton Harris has his yard in scintillating form and if the ground were to dry out, he would have a bigger say in the closing stages.
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2022 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips & Key Trends
PIED PIPER has beaten Vauban on this sort of ground before and it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise if he did so again.
The likeable youngster is undefeated in two starts and more importantly, one of those successes came over this course and distance.
Previous course experience has proven a useful asset to past winners and he can add to Gordon Elliott’s haul for the week.
Knight Salute has been gallant all year and if the ground were to dry up conditions would certainly see him play a part.
SELECTION: PIED PIPER
Likely Each Way Player: Knight Salute
- 9 of the past 13 winners were unbeaten
- 5 of the past 7 winners started their careers in France
- 6 of the last 9 winners have been trained in Ireland
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 15/8 Vauban
- 3/1 Pied Piper
- 4/1 Fil Dor
- 11/1 Il Etait Temps
- 12/1 Porticello
- 14/1 Icare Allen
- 16/1 Knight Salute