Triumph Hurdle

The Triumph Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong (2 miles and 179 yards, or 3,382 metres), and during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped. The race is for juvenile novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Triumph Hurdle
Grade 1 race
LocationCheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race typeHurdle race
Race information
Distance2m 179y (3,382 metres)
Weight11 st 0 lb
7 lb for fillies
Purse£93,750 (2021)
1st: £52,753
Triumph Hurdle
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap Red, white diamond, white sleeves, red diamonds RED, white diamond, white sleeves, red diamonds, white cap
Vauban Fil Dor Pied Piper
Previous years
Red, white sash, royal blue cap Dark green, red cross belts, dark green and beige striped sleeves, dark green cap, red star Yellow and black check, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, black star
Quilixios Adagio Haut En Couleurs
Yellow and brown (quartered), halved sleeves, yellow cap White, orange hoops, orange sleeves, white stars, white and orange check cap Yellow, black and yellow striped sleeves, white cap
Burning Victory Aspire Tower Allmankind
Mauve, black chevrons on sleeves, black cap Maroon and white stripes, maroon cap, white hoop EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW hoops, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star
Pentland Hills Coeur Sublime Gardens of Babylon
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Purple, black star and sleeves, white cap Royal blue and emerald green diamonds, emerald green sleeves, striped cap
Farclas Mr Adjudicator Sayo
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Maroon and white stripes, maroon cap, white hoop Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap
Defi Du Seuil Mega Fortune Bapaume
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, emerald green spots
Ivanovich Gorbatov Apple's Jade Footpad
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap EMERALD GREEN, DARK GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
Peace And Co Top Notch Hargam
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap Dark blue, yellow diamond and sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond
Tiger Roll Kentucky Hyden Guitar Pete
Light green, red stripe, armlets and cap Dark blue, white sleeves, dark blue diamonds, white cap, dark blue diamonds Yellow, purple hoops and armlets, hooped cap
Our Conor Far West Sametegal
Dark blue, white chevron, white and dark blue striped sleeves Purple, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap
Countrywide Flame Hisaabaat Grumeti
Pink, large purple spots, hooped sleeves Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap
Zarkandar Unaccompanied Grandouet
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap White, dark green hoops and armlets Light blue, royal blue hoop, armlets and cap
Soldatino Barizan Alaivan
Orange, black epaulets Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap Yellow and light green diabolo, yellow sleeves, quartered cap
Zaynar Walkon Mourad
Black and White (halved), Red sleeves and cap Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Red, Dark Blue chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap
Celestial Halo Franchoek Won in the Dark
Pink, Emerald Green cross belts, Pink and Emerald Green striped sleeves, Pink cap, Emerald Green star Dark blue, light blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Light blue, dark blue cross of lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap
Katchit Liberate Mobaasher
Yellow, black chevron, check cap Black and light blue (quartered), black sleeves, white cap Royal blue, yellow chevrons, yellow sleeves, royal blue spots, yellow cap
Detroit City Fair Along Blazing Bailey
White, large black spots, black cap Red, yellow epaulets White, black braces, chevrons on sleeves, striped cap
Penzance Faasel Akilak
Dark blue and yellow stripes Emerald green and royal blue diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Emerald green and yellow quartered, white sleeves, yellow cap
Made in Japan Chief Yeoman Top Strategy
Royal blue, orange epaulets, royal blue sleeves, orange spots, royal blue cap, orange diamond Royal blue, emerald green sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots White, blue hoop, red sleeves, red cap, white stars
Spectroscope Well Chief Golden Cross
DARK BLUE, white hoop, white sleeves, yellow cap Red, white hoop, white sleeves, pink cap Black, emerald green triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, black cap, emerald green diamond
Scolardy Newhall Diamond Joshua
Pink, royal blue diamonds, striped sleeves and diamond on cap Emerald green and pink (quartered), emerald green sleeves Yellow and purple quartered, yellow sleeves, purple armlet, quartered cap
Snow Drop Regal Exit General Cloney
Brown, orange sleeves, quartered cap Black and white chevrons, red cap Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap
Katarino Balla Sola Afarad
Light blue, maroon chevron, halved sleeves, light blue and maroon quartered cap Beige, light blue hoop, armlets and cap Purple, Gold sleeves, hooped cap
Upgrade City Hall Nomadic
WHITE,dark blue hoop,white sleeves,dark blue armlet,white cap,dark blue star White, orange stars, star on cap Red, Purple sleeves, Red armlets, Black cap, Yellow star
Commanche Court Circus Star Shooting Light
Green and white hoops, white sleeves, orange cap Blue, yellow hoop, yellow sleeves, blue armlets, quartered cap Emerald green, white stars, emerald green cap, white star
Paddy's Return Mistinguett Hatta Breeze
Dark blue and white check, white sleeves, dark blue cap Orange, black epaulets, black and orange striped sleeves, black cap, orange star Dark Blue and Yellow stripes, White sleeves and cap
Kissair Silver Wedge Anzum
Emerald green and red diabolo, white sleeves, emerald green diamonds, white cap, red diamond Red and grey diabolo, red sleeves, grey armlets, red cap White and red (quartered), striped sleeves and cap
Mysilv Moorish Shirley's Delight
Orange, brown hooped sleeves, quartered cap Red, White sash, striped cap, Blue sleeves Purple, white diamonds on sleeves, check cap
Shawiya Amazon Express Major Bugler
Grey, maroon triple diamond, white sleeves, grey cap, maroon diamonds White, blue sleeves, green cap Dark Blue and White check, Dark Blue sleeves, White cap, Dark Blue star
Duke of Monmouth Crowded House Al Mutahm
Crazy Quilt YELLOW, royal blue epaulettes, yellow cap, royal blue star Pink, white spots on body and cap
Oh So Risky Chirkpar Boarding School
YELLOW, royal blue epaulettes, yellow cap, royal blue star Emerald green, white stars, emerald green cap, white star Yellow and purple (quartered), halved sleeves, quartered cap
Rare Holiday Ninja Native Friend
Blue and white (quartered), hooped sleeves, quartered cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Red, black sleeves, white cap
Ikdam Highland Bud Don Valentino
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Red, Purple sleeves, Red armlets, Black cap, Yellow star Royal blue, emerald green epaulettes, emerald green armlet, check cap
Kribensis Wahiba Chatam

It is the leading event in the National Hunt calendar to be exclusively contested by juveniles, and it is the opening race on the final day of the Festival.


The event was established in 1939, and it was originally held at Hurst Park in Surrey.[1] During the early part of its history it was regularly contested by horses trained in France – six of the first seven winners were French-based. The flat racing jockey Lester Piggott achieved one of his twenty hurdle victories in this race in 1954.

Hurst Park closed in 1962 and the Triumph Hurdle was not run in 1963 or 1964. The race was transferred to Cheltenham in 1965, and for a period thereafter it was sponsored by the Daily Express. It was initially held during the venue's April meeting, but it became part of the Festival in 1968.[2] The Elite Racing Club took over the sponsorship in 1997, and JCB became the sponsor in 2002.

Winners of the Triumph Hurdle often go on to compete in subsequent editions of the Champion Hurdle. Four horses have achieved victory in both events – Clair Soleil, Persian War, Kribensis and Katchit.


Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Barry GeraghtySpectroscope (2003), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015), Ivanovich Gorbatov (2016)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Nicky HendersonFirst Bout (1985), Alone Success (1987), Katarino (1999), Zaynar (2009), Soldatino (2010), Peace And Co (2015), Pentland Hills (2019)


Year Winner Jockey Trainer
1939 Grey Talk Serge Rochet George Batchelor
1940 no race 1940–49
1950 Abrupto Roger Mantelin E. Diggle
1951 Blue Song II Fernand Thirion Georges Pelat
1952 Hoggar Roger Triboit John Cunnington
1953 Clair Soleil Fred Winter François Mathet
1954 Prince Charlemagne Lester Piggott Tommy Carey
1955 Kwannin Pierre Delfarguiel Alec Head
1956 Square Dance Michael Scudamore Fulke Walwyn
1957 Meritorius Denis Dillon Peter Thrale
1958 Pundit Harry Sprague Staff Ingham
1959 Amazon's Choice Johnny Gilbert Peter Thrale
1960 Turpial Arthur Freeman Peter Cazalet
1961 Cantab Fred Winter Ryan Price
1962 Beaver II Josh Gifford Ryan Price
1963 no race 1963–64
1965 Blarney Beacon Geordie Ramshaw Ron Smyth
1966 Black Ice Bobby Beasley Arthur Thomas
1967 Persian War Jimmy Uttley Brian Swift
1968 England's Glory Jimmy Uttley Staff Ingham
1969 Coral Diver Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1970 Varma Brian Barker Mick Masson
1971 Boxer Jimmy Uttley Ron Smyth
1972 Zarib Bill Smith Fred Rimell
1973 Moonlight Bay Johnny Haine Ryan Price
1974 Attivo Robert Hughes Cyril Mitchell
1975 Royal Epic Fred McKenna Vernon Cross
1976 Peterhof Jonjo O'Neill Mick Easterby
1977 Meladon Tommy Carberry Adrian Maxwell
1978 Connaught Ranger John Burke Fred Rimell
1979 Pollardstown Philip Blacker Stan Mellor
1980 Heighlin Steve Jobar David Elsworth
1981 Baron Blakeney Paul Leach Martin Pipe
1982 Shiny Copper Allen Webb Dina Smith
1983 Saxon Farm Mark Perrett Stan Mellor
1984 Northern Game Tommy Ryan Edward O'Grady
1985 First Bout Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1986 Solar Cloud Peter Scudamore David Nicholson
1987 Alone Success Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1988 Kribensis Richard Dunwoody Michael Stoute
1989 Ikdam Nigel Coleman Richard Holder
1990 Rare Holiday Brendan Sheridan Dermot Weld
1991 Oh So Risky Paul Holley David Elsworth
1992 Duke of Monmouth Mark Richards Simon Sherwood
1993 Shawiya Charlie Swan Michael O'Brien
1994 Mysilv Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1995 Kissair Jonothan Lower Martin Pipe
1996 Paddy's Return Richard Dunwoody Ferdy Murphy
1997 Commanche Court Norman Williamson Ted Walsh
1998 Upgrade Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1999 Katarino Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2000 Snow Drop Thierry Doumen François Doumen
2001 no race 2001 [a]
2002 Scolardy Charlie Swan Willie Mullins
2003 Spectroscope Barry Geraghty Jonjo O'Neill
2004 Made in Japan Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2005 Penzance Robert Thornton Alan King
2006 Detroit City Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2007 Katchit Robert Thornton Alan King
2008 Celestial Halo Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 Zaynar Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2010 Soldatino Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Zarkandar Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2012 Countrywide Flame Dougie Costello John Quinn
2013 Our Conor Bryan Cooper Dessie Hughes
2014 Tiger Roll Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2015 Peace And Co Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2016 Ivanovich Gorbatov Barry Geraghty Aidan O'Brien
2017 Defi du Seuil Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2018 Farclas Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2019 Pentland Hills Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2020 Burning Victory Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2021 Quilixios Rachael Blackmore Henry De Bromhead
2022 Vauban Paul Townend Willie Mullins
  1. ^ The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cheltenham's Triumph". ESPN. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  2. ^ Riley, Stuart. "Ten of the best: we look at some of those who have repeated festival success | Horse Racing News | Racing Post". Racing Post. Retrieved 10 March 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Race Recordings [1]