Horse Racing

Triumph Hurdle 2022


The Triumph Hurdle is a race run exclusively for four-year-old juvenile novices with eight flights to be jumped on the new course.

A two-mile and one furlong contest for the best four-year-old novice hurdlers, the JCB Triumph Hurdle is a kindergarten for future stars. Previous recent winners include Our Conor and Tiger Roll.

The leading trainer in the Triumph Hurdle over the last 20 years is Nicky Henderson who has saddled four winners in total. Philip Hobbs is close behind him on three, whilst Willie Mullins, Paul Nicholls, Alan King and Gordon Elliott all have two.

Race Details
When:Friday 18th March, 1.20pm
Prize:£125,000
Distance:Two-miles one furlong
Race TypeGrade 1 Hurdle
Age:4-Years only
CourseNew Course
Weights:11st 0lbs (7lb allowance for fillies)
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams
Key Betting Stats:Just three favourites have won in the last ten renewals.

The Triumph Hurdle kicks off day four of the Cheltenham Festival, and it is the only festival race that is specifically designed for horses that are four-year-old.

These youngsters won’t have had much racing, and will likely still be improving, though we often see strong favourites emerge as they look to grow into Champion Hurdle contenders of the future.

As the Cheltenham Festival draws closer, we will update this page with our full betting preview, the latest odds for the race and any other key info that punters need before they place their bets.

What Happened in the Triumph Hurdle 2021?

Henry de Bromhead’s Quilixios (2/1) won the 2021 JCB Triumph Hurdle for jockey Rachael Blackmore. It gave Blackmore her sixth win of the week at the Festival, securing her the title of the Cheltenham Festival’s top jockey. Owned by Cheveley Park Stud, Quilixios powered up the Cheltenham hill to easily beat Adagio by three and a quarter lengths.

Triumph Hurdle Winners

2021 – Quilixios

2020 – Burning Victory

2019 – Pentland Hills

2018 – Farclas

2017 – Defi du Seuil

Triumph Hurdle Odds

This future stars race is only open to four-year old horses, so we get a completely new line-up every year. Heading the 2022 Triumph Hurdle betting according to bet365’s latest odds are Gordon Elliot’s Pied Piper (5/2) and Fil D’or (3/1) with Willie Mullins’ Vauban on offer at 5/1.

Triumph Hurdle Tips

The Triumph Hurdle is always a big betting contest with many horses putting their unbeaten records on the line. Trainer Gordon Elliott has an excellent record in this race and looks to have a strong hand this time around, with long-time ante-post favourite Fil D’Or and the intriguing Pied Piper. Preference is for Pied Piper at his current odds of 5/2 with bet365. He beat Willie Mullins’ highly-touted Vauban at Punchestown and followed that up with an easy nine length win in the recent Triumph Hurdle trial race at Cheltenham and looks a future star in the making.

For those looking for an outside bet, the Paul Nicholls’ trained Iceo could be a dark horse and worth a small each way bet at 40/1. The French import will certainly need to improve on his lacklustre fourth placed effort behind Pied Piper on Cheltenham trials day.

* Cheltenham betting odds correct at the time of writing.

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FAQs

When is the Triumph Hurdle?

The Triumph Hurdle is the traditional opening race on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival, which is also known as ‘Gold Cup Day’. In 2022, the JCB Triumph Hurdle will open proceedings on Friday 18th March with an off time of 1.20pm.

What weights are carried for the Triumph Hurdle?

All horses in the Triumph Hurdle carry a weight of 11 stones. Fillies are given a 7lb allowance meaning they only carry 10 stone 7lb.

What age must a horse be to run in the Triumph Hurdle?

The Triumph Hurdle is a race for juvenile hurdlers and open to horses aged four years old.