JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
Juvenile Hurdle, Cheltenham 12:05
£20,000 added,
3yo only,
2m 179y, Class 2  
Saturday 12th December 2020

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1 Adagio 4/9F
2 Historic Heart 12/1
3 Son Of Red 11/2
8 ran NR: Elham Valley (Distances: 4¾l, 7l, 3¼l
Time: 4m 17.40s (slow by 23.40s)

Second to Duffle Coat at the last meeting here, Adagio went smoothly through the race and was still on the bridle when jumping to the front at the last.

Historic Heart did try to mount a challenge up the hill but was readily brushed aside, the winner going on to score by four-and-three-quarter lengths.

Coral halved Adagio in price to 16/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle itself back here in March.

"He was in at Doncaster as well but we decided to come here," David Pipe, the winning trainer said. "We rode him a bit differently today, he probably got to the front too soon last time and was outstayed by Duffle Coat.

"He was professional, jumped well and did it nicely. Hopefully he's progressing with each run. He'll have an entry in the Triumph and the Fred Winter and we'll see what happens in the meantime."

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JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Juvenile Hurdle)
£20,000 added, 3yo only, 2m 179y, Class 2
8 ran
Going: Soft

1      Adagio 3 11-2 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 4/9F
Historic Heart 3 11-5 Nigel Hawke David Noonan 12/1
7 Son Of Red 3 11-5 Alan King Tom Cannon 11/2
6 Camouflaged 3 10-12 Charlie Mann Sam Twiston-Davies 40/1
12 Pawpaw 3 10-12 Paul Webber Richie McLernon 66/1
Shake A Leg 3 10-12 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 4/1
16 Simply True 3 10-12 1 D J Jeffreys Kielan Woods 18/1
41 Blue Slate 3 11-2 Barry Brennan Alan Johns 100/1
NR Elham Valley 3 11-5 Fergal O'Brien NON RUNNER