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JCB Triumph Hurdle
Grade 1, Cheltenham 13:30
£120,000 added,
4yo only,
2m 179yds, Class 1   
Friday 18th March 2016

After winning his maiden at Leopardstown, Joseph O’Brien’s Ivanovich Gorbatov has been very popular in the betting for the four-year-old contest, backed from 12/1 right into 5/2 to hand the former flat jockey a first Festival win.

Ivanovich Gorbatov
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Ivanovich Gorbatov

Such was the confidence behind him, that success in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at was assumed, the JP McManus-owned gelding was sent off as a 8/13 shot for the Grade 1 at Naas on February 7.

Travelling through the race, the jolly looked to have as much as a chance as his odds suggested.

But turning out of the back-straight Barry Geraghty began to get to work on his mount, but any burst of acceleration was lacking, leaving the Willie Mullins trio of Footpad, Allbak Des Place and Let’s Dance to sweep past.

His fourth-placed finish saw his price pushed out from 5/2 to 6/1 for Cheltenham, while the winner Footpad was slashed to 12/1 and the runner-up cut to 16/1.

There are 54 entries for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, which takes place over two miles and nearly a furlong, including 11 from Ireland, 12 from Paul Nicholls and five from race's most successful trainer, Nicky Henderson, who had the first three last year from three runners.

Sceau Royal was clipped for the Triumph Hurdle after a smooth display in the 32Red Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon on January 16.

Sceau Royal
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Sceau Royal

Alan King's youngster was sent off the 2-11 favourite as he brought by far the best form into the race.

The French import had beaten Paul Nicholls' Adrien Du Pont, a subsequent Grade One winner, on his British debut and confirmed that form last time out at Cheltenham.

Daryl Jacob, returning from injury, was happy to take a lead off Perceus for much of the race and given the testing conditions, they were not hanging around.

Sceau Royal made his first semblance of a mistake at the second-last but lost little momentum and drew clear on the run to the last. Once over that, he scored by an easy seven lengths.

King said: "It was a bit of an afterthought as straight after his win at Cheltenham I wanted to give him a quiet time, but he's a tough little horse and was so fresh I thought we can't wait until the end of February to run him.

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Juvenile Grade 1)
£120,000 added, 4yo only, 2m 179yds, Class 1
54 entries
Scratchings deadline February 23, six-day confirmation and £6,000 supplementary stage Saturday, March 12. Final declaration stage 10am, Thursday, March 17.  

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ADRIEN DU PONT (FR) 4 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls 
AKAVIT (IRE) 4 Simon Treacher Ed de Giles 
ALHAMAREER (IRE) 4 S A Helaissi Paul Webber 
ALLBLAK DES PLACES (FR) 4 George Creighton Willie Mullins IRE
APPLE'S JADE (FR) 4 Gigginstown House Stud Willie Mullins IRE
ARDAMIR (FR) 4 The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership Alan King 
AZZURI 4 The Blind Squirrels Dan Skelton 
BIG MCINTOSH (IRE) 4 Kilco (International) Ltd John Ryan 
CALIN DES ONGRAIS (FR) 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
CLAN DES OBEAUX (FR) 4 Mr & MrsP Barber & Potensis Bloodstock Ltd Paul Nicholls 
CONNETABLE (FR) 4 Chris Giles Paul Nicholls 
CONSUL DE THAIX (FR) 4 J P McManus Nicky Henderson 
CRIN AU VENT (FR) 4 Potensis Bloodstock Limited Paul Nicholls 
DUKE OF MEDINA (IRE) 4 Exors of the Late H J M Webb Harry Whittington 
FIXE LE KAP (FR) 4 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson 
FOOTPAD (FR) 4 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE
FORECAST 4 R Davies & S Baikie Martin Keighley 
FRODON (FR) 4 Ian Fogg & Potensis Bloodstock Ltd Paul Nicholls 
GARO DE JUILLEY (FR) 4 Ian Fogg & Potensis Bloodstock Ltd Paul Nicholls 
GIBRALFARO (IRE) 4 McNeill Family Alan King 
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE (GER) 4 Malcolm Denmark Mark Pitman 
INDIETIR (FR) 4 Andrew Brooks Dan Skelton 
INVICTUS (GER) 4 Mike and Eileen Newbould Micky Hammond 
JER'S GIRL (IRE) 4 E Bourke Gavin Cromwell IRE
KASAKH NOIR (FR) 4 Tim Radford Dan Skelton 
KHEZERABAD (FR) 4 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson 
LEONCAVALLO (IRE) 4 Bloomfields John Ferguson 
LET'S DANCE (FR) 4 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
LOU VERT (FR) 4 Brooks,Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason&Stewart Paul Nicholls 
MAQUISARD (FR) 4 M Offenstadt Guy Cherel FR
OCEANE (FR) 4 McNeill Family Alan King 
OMESSA HAS (FR) 4 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson 
OUR THOMAS (IRE) 4 Trevor Hemmings Tim Easterby 
PEAK TO PEAK (IRE) 4 Potensis Bloodstock Limited Paul Nicholls 
PILANSBERG 4 Martin Broughton & Friends 3 Paul Nicholls 
PILLARD (FR) 4 Regulatory Finance Solutions Limited Jonjo O'Neill 
PROTEK DES FLOS (FR) 4 Potensis Bloodstock Limited Nicky Henderson 
RASHAAN (IRE) 4 Mrs T J Kidd/Mrs R Treacy Colin Kidd IRE
RIA D'ETEL (FR) 4 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE
ROMAIN DE SENAM (FR) 4 Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald Paul Nicholls 
SCEAU ROYAL (FR) 4 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Alan King 
SELDOM HEARD 4 A Campbell Henry Candy 
SEVEN KINGDOMS (IRE) 4 Professor L P Hardwick & Partner David Dennis 
SIR CHAUVELIN 4 J Fyffe Jim Goldie 
ST SAVIOUR 4 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-St Saviour Philip Hobbs 
TOCORORO (IRE) 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
TOMMY SILVER (FR) 4 Potensis Bloodstock Limited Paul Nicholls 
VISANDI (FR) 4 Michael & John O'Flynn Jonjo O'Neill 
VOIX DU REVE (FR) 4 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
WHO DARES WINS (IRE) 4 Henry Ponsonby Alan King 
WOLF OF WINDLESHAM (IRE) 4 M W Lawrence Stuart Edmunds 
WOLFCATCHER (IRE) 4 Bloomfields John Ferguson 
ZUBAYR (IRE) 4 P J Vogt Paul Nicholls 

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Previous results - JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE

2015-WINNER-PEACE AND CO 4-11-00 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND-Top Notch 4-11-00 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-7/1
3RD-Hargam 4-11-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-8/1
16 ran, Time-4m 4.40s; Dist-nk, 4

2014-TIGER ROLL 4-11-00 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-10/1
2ND-Kentucky Hyden 4-11-00 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-David Bass; SP-20/1
3RD-Guitar Pete 4-11-00 Owner-Mrs Pat Sloan; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-7/1
15 ran, Time-4m 1.00s 11/2 Fav Calipto (4th)

2013-OUR CONOR 4-11-00 Owner-Man About Town Syndicate; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-4/1
2ND-Far West 4-11-00 Owner-Axom XXXIX; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/1
3RD-Sametegal 4-11-00 Owner-John & Barbara Cotton; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ryan Mahon; SP-33/1
17 ran, Time-4m 11.10s; Dist-15, 2¼ 5/2 Fav Rolling Star (6th)

2012-COUNTRYWIDE FLAME 4-11-00 Owner-Estio Pinnacle Racing; Trainer-John Quinn; Jockey-Dougie Costello; SP 33/1
2ND-Hisaabaat 4-11-00 Owner-Dr Ronan Lambe/Dominick Glennane; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-20/1
3RD-Grumeti 4-11-00 Owner-McNeill Family; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-5/1 Fav
20 ran, Time 3m 58.80s; Dist-3, ¾

2011-WINNER-ZARKANDAR 4-11-00 Owner-Potensis Limited & Chris Giles; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP 13/2
2ND-Unaccompanied 4-10-07 Owner-Moyglare Stud Farm; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-11/2 3RD-Grandouet 4-11-00 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-13/2
23 ran, Time 3m 54.20s; Dist-21⁄4, 23⁄4 4/1 Fav Sam Winner (4th)

2010-WINNER-SOLDATINO 4-11-00 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-6/1 2ND-Barizan 4-11-00 Owner-Peter Conway; Trainer-Evan Williams; Jockey-Tom O’Brien; SP-14/1 3RD-Alaivan 4-11-00 Owner-Thomas Barr; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara SP-9/2
17 ran, Time-4m 4.90s; Dist-1¼, 7 7/2 Fav Carlito Brigante (4th)

2009-WINNER-ZAYNAR 4-11-00 Owner-Men In Our Position; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-11/2
2ND-Walkon 4-11-00 Owner-McNeill Racing; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-4/1 Fav
3RD-Mourad 4-11-00 Owner-Teahon Consulting Limited; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-14/1
18 ran, Time-4m 3.90s; Dist-¾, 2¾

2008-WINNER-CELESTIAL HALO 4-11-00 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-5/1
2ND-Franchoek 4-11-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-Evens Fav
3RD-Won In The Dark 4-11-00 Owner- Gerard Crehan; Trainer-Sabrina Harty IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-16/1
14 ran, Time-4m 7.83s; Dist-2¼, 2¼

2007-WINNER-KATCHIT 4-11-00 Owner- DSJP Syndicate; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-11/2
2ND-Liberate 4-11-00 Owner-Diana Whateley; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
3RD-Mobaasher 4-11-00 Owner-Seasons Holidays; Trainer-Charlie Mann; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-33/1
23 ran, Time-3m 54.6s; Dist-9, 1 ¾ 7/2 Fav Lounaos (10th)

2006-WINNER-DETROIT CITY 4-11-00 Owner-Terry Warner; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Fair Along 4-11-00 Owner-Alan Peterson; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-25/1
3RD-Blazing Bailey 4-11-00 Owner-Three Line Whip; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-14/1
17 ran, Time-3m 51.20s; Dist-5, 1

2005-WINNER-PENZANCE 4-11-00 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-9/1
2ND-Faasel 4-11-00 Owner-Jim Ennis; Trainer-Nicky Richards; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-7/1
3RD-Akilak 4-11-00 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-7/2 Fav
23 ran, Time-4m 3.60s; Dist-hd, 8

2004-WINNER-MADE IN JAPAN 4-11-00 Owner-Terry Evans; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-20/1
2ND-Chief Yeoman 4-11-00 Owner-B Moore & E C Stephens; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP- 40/1
3RD-Top Strategy 4-11-00 Owner-W J Kane; Trainer-Ted Walsh IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-33/1
23 ran, Time-4m 5.30s; Dist-2, nk 5/1 Fav Trouble At Bay (10th)

2003-WINNER-SPECTROSCOPE 4-11-00 Owner-Gay Smith; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-20/1
2ND-Well Chief 4-11-00 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/1
3RD-Golden Cross 4-11-00 Owner-Mrs H Johnson; Trainer-Mick Halford IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-11/2 Fav
27 ran, Time-4m 0.30s; Dist-hd, 5

2002-WINNER-SCOLARDY 4-11-00 Owner-David Flynn; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-16/1
2ND-Newhall 4-10-09 Owner-Helen McParland; Trainer-Francis Flood IRE; Jockey-Fran Flood; SP-8/1
3RD-Diamond Joshua 4-11-00 Owner-Diamond Racing Ltd; Trainer-John Berry; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP- 66/1
28 ran, Time-4m 7.80s; Dist-11, 3/4 7/1 Fav Giocomo (PU)

2001 Cancelled (Foot and Mouth Disease)

2000-WINNER-SNOW DROP 4-10-09 Owner-John D Martin; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-7/1 Fav
2ND-Regal Exit 4-11-00 Owner-Brian Buckley; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-20/1
3RD-General Cloney 4-11-00 Owner-John J Brennan; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-20/1
28 ran, Time-3m 52.90s, Dist-2, nk

1999-WINNER-KATARINO 4-11-00 Owner-Robert Waley-Cohen; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-11/4 Fav
2ND-Balla Sola 4-11-00 Owner-Top Cat Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-16/1
3RD-Afarad 4-11-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-8/1
23 ran, Time-4m 2.4s, Dist-8, 1.5

1998-WINNER-UPGRADE 4-11-00 Owner-Matt Archer and Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-14/1
2ND-City Hall 4-11-00 Owner-Rosemary Key & Val Ward; Trainer-Val Ward; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-12/1
3RD-Nomadic 4-11-00 Owner-Des Sharkey; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-14/1
25 ran, Time-3m 57.1s, Dist-1.25, 1.75 10/3 Fav Zafarabad (4th)

1997-WINNER-COMMANCHE COURT 4-11-00 Owner-Dermot Desmond; Trainer-Ted Walsh IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-9/1
2ND-Circus Star 4-11-00 Owner-The Ringmasters; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-40/1
3RD-Shooting Light 4-11-00 Owner-John Brown; Trainer-Pat Murphy; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-7/1
28 ran, Time-4m 0.2s, Dist-1, 1.25 9/2 Fav White Sea (9th)

1996-WINNER-PADDY’S RETURN 4-11-00 Owner-Paddy O’Donnell; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-10/1
2ND-Mistinguett 4-10-09 Owner-John Duggan; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-14/1
3RD-Hatta Breeze 4-10-09 Owner-Jenny Mould; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-14/1
29 ran, Time-4m 1.4s, Dist originally 4, hd, 1.75
Magical Lady (2nd) disqualified 6/1 Fav Debutante Days (f)

Coral Sports


Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
1995 Kissair 4-11-00 Jonathon Lower Martin Pipe Terry Benson 16/1 26
1994 Mysilv 4-10-09 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson Million In Mind Partnership (3) 2/1F 28
1993 Shawiya 4-10-09 Charlie Swan Michael O'Brien IRE Miss G Maher 12/1 25
1992 Duke Of Monmouth4-11-00 Mark Richards Simon Sherwood Ali Saeed 33/1 30
1991 Oh So Risky 4-11-00 Paul Holley David Elsworth Oh So Risky Syndicate 14/1 27
1990 Rare Holiday 4-11-00 Brendan Sheridan Dermot Weld IRE Dr Michael Smurfit 25/1 30
1989 Ikdam 4-11-00 Nigel Coleman Richard Holder LBI Law (873) Ltd 66/1 27
1988 Kribensis 4-11-00 Richard Dunwoody Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 6/1 26
1987 Alone Success 4-11-00 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Sheikh Amin Dahlawi 11/1 29
1986 Solar Cloud 4-11-00 Peter Scudamore David Nicholson Ann McEwen 40/1 28
1985 First Bout 4-11-00 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson Fahad Al Athel 5/1 27
1984 Northern Game 4-11-00 Tommy Ryan Edward O'Grady IRE Frank Conroy 20/1 30
1983 Saxon Farm 4-11-00 Mark Perrett Stan Mellor A Birchall 12/1 30
1982 Shiny Copper 4-11-00 Allen Webb Dina Smith Doug Tyler 66/1 29
1981 Baron Blakeney 4-11-00 Paul Leach Martin Pipe Wheatley Leisure Ltd 66/1 29
1980 Heighlin 4-11-00 Steve Jobar David Elsworth Woodside Engineers Ltd 40/1 26
1979 Pollardstown 4-11-00 Philip Blacker Stan Mellor Georgina Tulloch 12/1 28
1978 Connaught Ranger 4-11-00 John Burke Fred Rimell Jim McCaughey 25/1 14
1977 Meladon 4-11-00 Tommy Carberry Adrian Maxwell IRE Mrs N Flynn 6/1 30
1976 Peterhof 4-11-00 Jonjo O'Neill Mick Easterby H Gould 10/1 23
1975 Royal Epic 4-11-00 Fred McKenna Vernon Cross Robert Read 20/1 28
1974 Attivo 4-11-00 Robert Hughes Cyril Mitchell Peter O'Sullevan 4/5F 21
1973 Moonlight Bay 4-11-00 Johnnie Haine Ryan Price Meg Mullion 85/40F 18
1972 Zarib 4-11-00 Bill Smith Fred Rimell Mrs A Hornby 16/1 16
1971 Boxer 4-11-03 Jimmy Uttley Ron Smyth Lord Blakenham 100/30JF 18
1970 Varma 4-11-04 Brian Barker Mick Masson Charles Clore 100/7 31
1969 Coral Diver 4-11-04 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell Bryan Jenks 3/1F 26
1968 England’s Glory 4-11-00 Jimmy Uttley Staff Ingham Mrs M Sherman 9/2 16
1967 Persian War 4-11-08 Jimmy Uttley Brian Swift Henry Alper 4/1 13
1966 Black Ice 4-11-04 Bobby Beasley Arthur Thomas A Crowther 9/2 11
1965 Blarney Beacon 4-11-04 Geordie Ramshaw Ron Smyth Freddie Laker 8/1 7

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