JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial 2012 



Far West Storms Triumph Hurdle Trial

1 Far West 15/8
2 Vasco Du Ronceray 6/4F
3 Roc D'Apsis 12/1
NR: Outback (IRE), Shelford (IRE)
8 ran Distances: 7l, 26l, 2½l
TIME 4m 14.54s (slow by 23.54s)

Trainer Paul Nicholls continued his fine start to the season with Far West, who followed up his Chepstow victory last month with a gutsy success in the Grade Two JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial.

Far West
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Far West

The three-year-old, a 15/8 chance, travelled comfortably at the front of the field under Ruby Walsh before kicking on rounding the home turn and staying on strongly for a seven-length success.

Nicky Henderson's Vasco du Ronceray, who started the 6/4 favourite, took second with a further 26 lengths back to the hurdling debutant Roc d'Apsis, trained by Tom George.

MansionBet made Far West their 8/1 favourite (from 25/1) for the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival in March.

Nicholls said: "Far West hadn't shown a lot at home before he ran at Chepstow apart from being very green but he won there nicely. The form of that race was good because I think For Two, who got beaten by Handazan at Aintree, is a good horse.

"This horse has done nothing but improve since Chepstow and he never ran on the Flat so he is a baby really. He finished third in a novices' hurdle at Auteuil and he has kept on improving since then.

"We have done a lot of work with his jumping but he is a grand horse and he jumps well. You know in all of these juvenile races that, if you don't jump, you don't win and we spend a lot of time jumping. Dan (Skelton) has done a great job with that and he is a good horse.

"He wouldn't have minded the ground out there. It was better at Chepstow but he is tough and he stays, which is what you want.

"Today was his target and we will play it by ear now. We have some quite nice juveniles around him and we will see what develops. He is owned by a syndicate and they will have a lot of fun with him."

Walsh added: "He is just a big baby. He had one run in over hurdles in France and he has no Flat experience - he is a very raw individual compared to most three-year-olds that you usually ride, so there is loads of improvement in him. Far West could jump a fence and he is a smashing horse.

"The ground is soft - proper soft ground and it's testing. I would say that it would affect the majority of my rides today but we will see what happens."

Tom George, trainer of third-placed Roc d'Apsis, said: "He didn't jump the first two hurdles very well but he ran nicely and stayed on up the hill. He is just a baby at this stage."


JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
(registered as The Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle)
£25,000 added, 3yo only, 2m 110y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Far West
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 2lbs
15 - 8
Vasco Du Ronceray
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 2lbs
6 - 4
7 lengths
Roc D'apsis
T R George
P J Brennan
10st 12lbs
12 - 1
26 lengths
Dovils Date
Tim Vaughan
R Johnson
11st 2lbs
14 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
A King
R Thornton
11st 6lbs
11 - 2
Short Head
Foster's Road
M R Channon
W Kennedy
11st 2lbs
40 - 1
7 lengths
R A Fahey
B Hughes
10st 12lbs
20 - 1
43 lengths
Shabra Emperor
P O Brady
Christian Williams
10st 12lbs
150 - 1
N B King
A Merriam
11st 2lbs
A W Carroll
Lee Edwards
10st 12lbs

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