Day Four, also known as Gold Cup Friday, is the final day of The Cheltenham Festival. As its name suggests, this is the day that hosts The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day horse racing meeting that takes place every March, beginning with Champion Day, The Festival then presents Ladies Day and St. Patrick’s Thursday before climaxing with Gold Cup Friday.
With 2021 being the perfect example, Cheltenham racing festival often shares a day with St. Patrick, much to the delight of the Irish visitors who descend on The Festival in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, regardless of this being the case.
Over this four-day horse racing extravaganza, 28 incredible races are put on display at Cheltenham Racecourse, including a handful of high-value featured races.
On Gold Cup Friday, around 65,000 spectators will witness The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase live in action, which offers a prize-pool of 625,000, of which £351,688 will go to the team of the champion horse.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 is scheduled to take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The JCB Triumph Hurdle will be the first race of Gold Cup Friday on the 19th.
About the Race
The JCB Triumph Hurdle is open to horses aged exactly 4 years old, who will be required to run 2 miles and 179 yards of the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham, leaping 8 hurdles in the process.
This Grade 1 National Hunt juvenile hurdle race has been run annually on the final day of The Cheltenham Festival since 1968. Before this, it was part of The April Meeting between 1965 and 1968 after being transferred from Hurst Park, Surrey, where it had resided since its inaugural race in 1939.
Horses that are successful in this race often go on to compete in The Champion Hurdle in the following years. Four horses have been successful in both fixtures thus far, the most recent of which being Katchit in 2007.
Barry Geraghty is the leading jockey in The JCB Triumph Hurdle with 5 wins between 2003 and 2016. The leading trainer in this race is Nicky Henderson with 7 wins between 1985 and 2019.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Zanahiyr (IRE) – 5/1 ante-post favourite – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (26/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- French Aseel (FR) – 5/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Adagio (GER) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (09/01/21) – trained by David Pipe
- Quilixios (GB) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (31/10/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Duffle Coat (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (14/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Tritonic (GB) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (23/01/21) – trained by Alan King
- Youmdor (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (16/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Nassalam (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (09/01/21) – trained by Gary Moore
- Teahupoo (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (16/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Honneur D’Ajonc (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Mrs Jane Williams
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Here are the previous 4 winners of The JCB Triumph Hurdle, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Friday the 13th was a lucky one for 12/1 Burning Victory and all those that backed him, finishing first in The JCB Triumph Hurdle ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins
5/1 Aspire Tower finished 2 and three-quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/2 Allmankind in third place and 50/1 Navajo Pass in fourth. 5/2 race favourite Goshen was the only runner to not complete the race.
20/1 outsider Pentland Hills won The JCB Triumph Hurdle in 2019, which was a fantastic price considering he was ridden by proven jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by the highly successful Nicky Henderson.
20/1 Coeur Sublime finished 3 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 9/1 Gardens Of Babylon in third and 66/1 Nelson River in fourth. Unfortunately, 11/10 race favourite Sir Erec was fatally injured after the fourth hurdle.
In 2018, it was 9/1 Farclas that won The JCB Triumph Hurdle, ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy and trained by Gordon Elliott.
6/5 race favourite Apple’s Shakira finished in fourth place which allowed 8/1 Mr Adjudicator into second place and 33/1 Sayo to take third.
Back in 2017, it was 5/2 race favourite Defi Du Seuil that won The JCB Triumph Hurdle, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs.
7/1 Mega Fortune squeezed into second place by a short head, beating 10/1 Bapaume who had to settle for third, followed by 28/1 Ex Patriot in fourth.