JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
Juvenile Hurdle, Cheltenham 12:10
£25,000 added,
3yo only,
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
7 runners
Going: Good

No Form Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age
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