JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
(Registered As The Finesse Juvenile Hurdle)
Grade 2, Cheltenham 12:40
£32,000 added, 4yo only,
2m 1f, Class 1  
Saturday 25th January 2020

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1 Galahad Quest 6/1
2 Night Edition 22/1
3 Gerolamo Cardano 5/1
6 ran Distances: 1l, 1¾l, 1l
Time: 4m 24.13s (slow by 30.13s)

Unraced on the level, Galahad Quest had the misfortune to come up against leading Triumph fancy Allmankind on his debut and was beaten out of sight, but he did take a big step forward when finishing second to a decent Flat recruit last time out.

There were five still in with a chance as they swung into the straight, but the fancied Rowland Ward’s chances ended as he was squeezed up against the rail before dropping away.

Favourite Monte Cristo had set a pretty sedate pace throughout and was still in front, but he was swamped at the last by David Pipe’s Night Edition and Galahad Quest.

It was Nick Williams’ charge, under Harry Cobden, who stayed on best of all though to win by a length.

Williams said: “I think it was a good performance. It was good form (that he had), but I bought him as a three-mile chase prospect, so I didn’t want to do too much with him this season. 

“He ran so well at Taunton on a track that I thought wouldn’t suit, I thought he was going to go better here, so I had to give it a go. 

“He has a proper jump pedigree, so he should be exciting in years to come. What I don’t want to do is give him a leg or anything like that as a four-year-old when I bought him as a Gold Cup prospect.

“I managed to injure Le Rocher. He won this race (in 2014) then a week before the Festival I gave him a leg, so I have been there before and injured horses. 

“Maybe he doesn’t run again as a juvenile, who knows? This was obviously a good target worth going for and the race cut up a bit. 

“We’ve got proper jumping ground and this is a proper jumping horse. It has not so much surprised me after the Taunton run – I thought he would improve.”

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JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
(Registered As The Finesse Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£32,000 added, 4yo only, 2m 179y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Soft

1    Galahad Quest 4 11-0 Nick Williams Harry Cobden 6/1
2  1  Night Edition 4 11-0 David Pipe David Noonan 22/1
Gerolamo Cardano 4 11-0 D J Jeffreys Kielan Woods 5/1
1 Monte Cristo 4 11-3 Nicky Henderson Daryl Jacob 10/11F
5 4 Rowland Ward 4 11-3 Stuart Edmunds Ciaran Gethings 7/2
6 97 Gold Standard 4 11-0 1 Tony Carroll Harry Bannister 100/1

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Year Horse Owner Trainer Weight Jockey SP

1990 Sayyure Brian Lovrey Nigel Tinkler 11-08 Graham McCourt 3/1
1991 Hopscotch Pipe Scudamore Racing Martin Pipe 11-02 Peter Scudamore 8/11 f
1992 Abandoned
1993 Major Bugler Colin Buckle Toby Balding 11-00 Adrian Maguire 13/2
1994 Pridwell Pond House Racing Martin Pipe 11-00 Richard Dunwoody 3/1
1995 Brave Tornado Bridget Swire Toby Balding 11-04 AP McCoy 7/2
1996 Abandoned
1997 Shooting Light John Brown Pat Murphy 11-00 Richard Dunwoody 10/11 f
1998 Zafarabad Elaine Baines David Nicholson 11-00 Richard Johnson 1/3 f
1999 Hors La Loi III John Martin Francois Doumen FR 11-08 Thierry Doumen 5/2
2000 Mister Banjo Million In Mind P’ship Nicky Henderson 11-08 Mick Fitzgerald 2/7 f
2001 Jair Du Cochet Miriam Montauban Guillaume Macaire FR 11-08 Jacques Ricou Evens f
2002 Vol Solitaire Barry Marshall Paul Nicholls 11-00 Joe Tizzard 11/1
2003 Moneytrain Tina Hamann Christian Von Der Recke GER 11-00 Robert Thornton 25/1
2004 Mondul Let’s Live Racing Milton Harris 11-08 Ollie McPhail 11/2
2005 Akilak Ada Partnership Howard Johnson 11-00 Graham Lee 50/1
2006 Abandoned
2007 Katchit D S J P Syndicate Alan King 11-07 Robert Thornton 2/1 f
2008 Franchoek J P McManus Alan King 11-07 Robert Thornton 10/11 f
2009 Walkon McNeill Racing Alan King 11-07 Robert Thornton 6/5 f
2010 Baccalaureate The Yes No Wait Sorries Nigel Twiston-Davies 11-00 Paddy Brennan 100/1
2011 Local Hero Phil Martin Steve Gollings 11-04 Tony McCoy 15/8 f
2012 Grumeti* The McNeill Family Alan King 11-04 Wayne Hutchinson 7/4 jf
2013 Rolling Star Michael Buckley & Vestey Family Nicky Henderson 11-07 Barry Geraghty 5/2
2014 Le Rocher John White & Anne Underhill Nick Williams 11-07 Richard Johnson 2/1
2015 Peace And Co Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson 11-07 Barry Geraghty 4/9 f
2016 Protek Des Flos Potensis Bloodstock Ltd Nicky Henderson 11-00 Noel Fehily 25/1
2017 Defi Du Seuil J P McManus Philip Hobbs 11-07 Barry Geraghty 1/5 f
2018 Apple’s Shakira J P McManus Nicky Henderson 10-12 Barry Geraghty 1/7 f
2019 Fakir D'Oudairies M L Bloodstock Joseph O’Brien IRE 11-00 J J Slevin 4/1