JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
|Juvenile Hurdle, Cheltenham 12:05
2m 179y, Class 2
|Saturday 12th December 2015|
1 Sceau Royal 7/4
2 Adrien Du Pont 13/8F
3 Chic Name 66/1
5 ran Distances: 1¾l, 10l, 75l
TIME 4m 12.10s (slow by 17.60s)
Sceau Royal got the better of Adrien Du Pont for the second time this season
After being stripped of victory on his British debut before being caught on the line at Wetherby second time out, the Alan King-trained Sceau Royal made it two wins on the bounce when following up his recent win at Warwick.
Travelling smoothly close to rear of the field for much of the race the 7-4 shot moved up stylishly alongside Adrien Du Pont and Leoncavallo approaching the last.
A three-way battle quickly turned into a two-horse race as Leoncavallo saw his unbeaten record over hurdles come to an end when parting company with Aidan Coleman over the final flight.
That left Sceau Royal to exact revenge for his Chepstow defeat at the hands of Adrien Du Pont in the stewards' room, with a length and three-quarters between the pair at the line.
King said: "We hoped for that. The horse is really progressing. He was a little bit unlucky earlier in the season when he lost one in the stewards' room at Chepstow then he was mugged on the line at Wetherby.
"I just felt that the win at Warwick last time out gave him some confidence and certainly in his home work he is progressive.
"Katchit was exceptional, but this horse has got plenty of boot and he doesn't want to be in front too long.
"Hopefully that puts him in the mix for the Triumph."
JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Juvenile Hurdle)
£20,000 added, 3yo only, 2m 179y, Class 2
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Sceau Royal (FR) 7/4||D A Jacob||A King||3|
|2nd||1¾||Adrien Du Pont (FR) 13/8f||Sam Twiston-Davies
|P F Nicholls||3|
|3rd||10||Chic Name (FR) 66/1||A P Cawley
|4th||75||Sky Lino (FR) 12/1||R Johnson
|UR||Leoncavallo (IRE) 3/1||Aidan Coleman
|J P Ferguson||3|