Triumph Hurdle Betting Tips & Odds 2018
13.30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle
Philip Hobbs trained Defi Du Seuil to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle in 2017 and down the years, this Grade 1 event for the best juvenile speedsters in Britain and Ireland has proved to be the ideal race to kick off the Cheltenham Day 4 betting, Cheltenham Gold Cup Day.
In recent years, a healthy mix of Irish and UK trained winners and placed horses have shared the spoils and developed into class acts in their own right.
This year, the 2018 Triumph Hurdle betting is headed by 4 or 5 juveniles who’ve really established themselves as clear contenders for the Festival’s final day opener.
Triumph Hurdle Feature Betting Tip
Nicky Henderson holds a strong hand yet again with his juveniles Apple’s Shakira, a full-sister to star mare Apple’s Jade, who has won three times at Cheltenham this season and bids to go one better than her sister who finished second to Ivanovich Gorbatov in 2016.
The master of Seven Barrows also saddles WE HAVE A DREAM who, at the prices, looks the value bet. A Grade 1 winner of the Finale at Chepstow, he has proven himself tactically versatile and won nicely at Musselburgh despite his trainer admitting he had left plenty of work still to do with him.
Alan King has a fine record with his juveniles and his Redicean has continued to progress at a rapid rate of knots. His jumping was spot on at Kempton Park and he has vital speed from the Flat which will aid his cause.
Mr Adjudicator and Farclas look best of the Irish challenge but will need to step up on what they have achieved.
Nicky Henderson’s yard is known for producing some of the best juveniles and his Apple’s Shakira, an exciting sister to Apple’s Jade, has proven herself to be very effective around Cheltenham in two starts to date. She jumps really well and has quite the engine for a small mare.
Espoir D’Allen stands out as the clear best of the Irish juveniles and rates a solid 8/1 second favourite, closely followed by Nicky Henderson’s We Have A Dream and Alan King’s recent Kempton Park winner Redicean at around 10/1 after impressing in his Cheltenham trial race win.
Apple’s Shakira will probably head straight to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, but there is still a handful of key Cheltenham trial races to come, where further contenders will emerge and current ones will cement or dampen their Gold Cup Day chances.
The JCB Triumph Hurdle Latest Betting Odds
- Apple’s Shakira – 7/2
- Espoir D’Allen – 8/1
- We Have A Dream – 8/1
- Redicean – 10/1
- Stormy Ireland – 14/1
- Sussex Ranger – 20/1
- Farclas – 20/1
- Mitchouka – 25/1
- 33/1 bar
- other prices available