Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 12:55 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial 2m 1f

  • Winner £14,238 2nd £5,342 3rd £2,675 4th £1,332
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 8.70s
  • Off time: 12:55:21
12:55 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grumeti 7/4
2nd Pearl Swan (FR) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 5-1 Maroon and White (quartered), checked sleeves and cap Baby Mix (FR) 49
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
4 11-7 T R George P J Brennan 7/42.75
2 1211 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Hollow Tree 32
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 142 9/25.50
3 1 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Pearl Swan (FR) 9
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 8/19.00
4 5122 Emerald green and royal blue (quartered), white and emerald green striped sleeves Tango De Juilley (FR) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-7 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 127 20/121.00
5 221431 White, black stars, royal blue sleeves, black cap Colebrooke 21
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-4 Mrs P Robeson N Fehily 136 66/167.00
6 1F Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Grumeti 10
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 11-4 A King W Hutchinson 7/42.75

Verdict

Alan King has won this three times in recent years and a fourth looks on the cards with GRUMETI. A decent handicapper on the Flat, he beat older horses in a canter on his hurdling debut at Taunton and would have gained a spectacular victory at Newbury last week but for coming to grief at the second last. This is a much tougher task, however, and he certainly won't have things his own way against the classy Hollow Tree, who wasn't inconvenienced by the testing conditions in the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow but is even better suited by today's likely quicker ground. A line through Hinterland suggests he has it all to do against the exciting Baby Mix, who shot to the top of the Triumph Hurdle betting with an emphatic British debut victory here last month and looks sure to take some beating. Paul Nicholls' has a line through the form via Hinterland so wouldn't be running Taunton novice winner Pearl Swan here for fun.