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The JCB Triumph Hurdle

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:

  1. Zanahiyr (IRE) – 5/1 ante-post favourite – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (26/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  2. French Aseel (FR) – 5/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  3. Adagio (GER) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (09/01/21) – trained by David Pipe
  4. Quilixios (GB) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (31/10/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  5. Duffle Coat (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (14/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  6. Tritonic (GB) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (23/01/21) – trained by Alan King
  7. Youmdor (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (16/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  8. Nassalam (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (09/01/21) – trained by Gary Moore
  9. Teahupoo (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (16/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  10. 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


The electrifying spectacle of Cheltenham Festival entices hundreds of millions of pounds to be bet on the races annually and with so much money on the line for bookies, the generosity of their promotions is at the pinnacle.

This March, there will be innumerable offers like paying extra places, enhanced odds and free bets to encourage you to get your gambling hat on, and with the help of our professional tipsters, you’ll have the best chance of converting this opportunity to profits.


As well as the vast select of tempting offers to choose from, starting prices are refreshingly long as they always are when Cheltenham Racecourse is involved. The sheer number of runners and variables mean you can often make a tidy profit, even on race favourites.

Those that are a little more daring can make a small fortune betting on the outsiders to win outright or even simply place in the race. A £10 stake on 20/1 Pentland Hills to win in 2019 would have returned £200 in profits.

Previous Winners

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.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.