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2021 Triumph Hurdle Tips - Three Horses To Follow This Season

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Triumph Hurdle
  • The Triumph Hurdle is the opening race on Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival
  • Goshen's late tumble allowed Burning Ambition to win the 2020 Triumph
  • We pick out three horses to follow who could take high order in the juvenile ranks this season
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Dawn Rising (right), seen here running in the Bahrain Trophy, could be a juvenile to watch over hurdles this season. (Getty)

We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Triumph Hurdle and pick out three horses to follow during the new jumps season.

Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival starts with an almighty bang, as the best juveniles in the sport do battle in the Triumph Hurdle. Last year’s Triumph will go down as one of the most dramatic in recent memory.

Goshen looked to have the race sewn up approaching the last, but Gary Moore’s star got his legs tangled up in jumping the last, and his fall opened the door for Burning Victory to snatch victory for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend.

2021 Triumph Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Hell Red20/1
Dawn Rising25/1
Heros D'Ainay25/1

Following a good debut win for Gordon Elliott, Quilixios has moved into ante-post favouritism for next year’s Triumph. Paros, who made all to win on debut at Dieppe before making the switch to Nicky Henderson, has also sat prominently in the Triumph betting since it opened, and Henderson looks to have a promising sort on his hands.

Two who have impressed on the flat this season are Alan King’s Tritonic and Richard Hughes’ Brentford Hope. Both are bred to jump hurdles, but it’s more likely both will be kept on the level for the time being.

Here are three names that punters should add to their tracker now, as they could progress into real contenders for the 2021 Triumph Hurdle.

2021 Triumph Hurdle Tips – Horses To Follow

Dawn Rising

Dawn Rising2021 Triumph Hurdle Horse To FollowGET 25/1 HERE
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Aidan O’Brien thought enough of Dawn Rising to throw him straight into Group Three company on his only two-year-old start. This season, O’Brien’s charge has finished less than two lengths behind St Leger winner Galileo Chrome, won a maiden over 12-furlongs by 14 lengths, and finished a strong second in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket.

Following that run, Dawn Rising was gelded, which signals that he’ll be moved to Joseph O’Brien’s stable and pointed at hurdles in the very near future. Dawn Rising is also a full-brother to Triplicate, who also ran on the flat for Aidan O’Brien, before moving to Joseph’s stable and winning twice over hurdles. 

Triplicate didn’t run as a juvenile, so there’s a chance the O’Briens could take the patient approach with Dawn Rising. If he does get a look at hurdles this season, then there’s no reason why he can’t go right to the top of the juvenile ranks.


Monmiral2021 Triumph Hurdle Horse To FollowGET 33/1 HERE
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Paul Nicholls’ French recruit, Hell Red made a lasting impression at Chepstow. Harry Cobden’s mount went to post as the 1/2 favourite, but barely broke a sweat in securing a 12-length triumph, a performance which saw his odds in the 2021 Triumph Hurdle cut from 40s to 20/1.

On his only start in France, Hell Red was beaten by Monmiral at Auteuil. Although he did plenty wrong that day, Monmiral was more than a match for his rival, holding him comfortably at arm’s length to secure a two-length victory. 

Following that win, Monmiral was gelded and, along with Hell Red, has made the move to Ditcheat. Paul Nicholls is an excellent handler of juveniles, and I’m sure Monmiral will progress quickly to Grade One level when he begins his British racing career.


Youmdor2021 Triumph Hurdle Horse To FollowGET 40/1 HERE
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Freddy Head has sent Youmdor out eight times over the last 12 months. His best performance came at Deauville last time out, where Ludovic Bossieau threaded his way through the field rounding the final bend, before getting up under the shadow of the post.

A move to Willie Mullins’ yard followed soon after that cosy victory. This isn’t the first Youmzain colt to step foot in County Carlow. Saglawy also had plenty of flat runs under his belt when he arrived at Mullins’ stable, and he went on to win the Grade Two Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse that season. 

Youmdor looks to have plenty more to give, based on his win at Deauville, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he made an appearance in the opener on day four of the Cheltenham Festival.


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