JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
|Juvenile Hurdle, Cheltenham 12:10
2m 179y, Class 2
|Saturday 15th December 2018|
As the title suggest, this is a valid Triumph Hurdle trial and often provides useful pointers for The Festival. It’s difficult to get a line on Fret D'Estruval, who has only won minor contests in France, but his trainer won this in 2006 and 2007 with high-class juvenile hurdlers.
Protektorat was second in a Listed event at Auteuil on his racecourse debut so is much respected having a first run for Dan Skelton while Katpoli wasn’t disgraced in a Grade 2 here last month.
Nelson River made a winning start at Bangor and Swordbill ran respectably at Newcastle but no UK-bred three-year-old has won this in the last 15 years.
Fanfan Du Seuil was struggling when falling at Chesptow in October but a subsequent win at Exeter was a better indicator of his ability. He was still green that day so there should be plenty more to come.
JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Juvenile Hurdle)
£25,000 added, 3yo only, 2m 179y, Class 2
|1||1-F1||Fanfan Du Seuil (FR) 20||11-5||P J Brennan||T R George||3|
|2||F11||Fret D'estruval (FR) 90||11-5||D A Jacob||A King||3|
|3||2122||Ghost Serge (IRE) 22||11-2||Sean Bowen||Mrs S Leech||3|
|4||4P14||Katpoli (FR) 28||11-2 t||Sam Twiston-Davies||Dr R D P Newland||3|
|5||1||Nelson River 31||11-2||Harry Bannister||A W Carroll||3|
|6||2||Protektorat (FR) 93||10-12||Harry Skelton||D Skelton||3|
|7||3||Swordbill 14||10-12 p||T Scudamore||Ian Williams||3|