Wealth Warning. Any decisions made (or not) or the basis of any information in this site are the sole responsibility of the reader. There is no obligation on me to follow my own advice (Gary). The Stats Proverb says 'Relevance Is In The Eye Of The Beholder.' I take no responsibility for (but am keen to hear of) any factual errors. Previous years ‘stats on stats’ would suggest we may identify a decent priced winner from manageable groups every three or four races. I tend to improve as a tipster as the week goes on, possibly too concerned on the Tuesday. It is believed that Savello (2014 Grand Annual) took from Golden Chieftain (2013 3m hcap chase) the record for breaking the most stats in a race. Stands now at 8. Cole Harden equalised with 8 in the 2015 World Hurdle. Remember, after you have cursed/laughed at me and given up totally on trends, they will come back to bite. Always happens. Usually on Gold Cup Day
Beware GO SEA - Groundless Optimism Syndrome Encouraged by Alcohol. A Cotswold condition very common at this time of year.
PRICE - Between 2008 and 2011 none of the first four home started bigger than 20/1. Scribes began to tell us that 'outsiders winning the Triumph would never happen again'. Then in 2012 up popped Countrywidewide Flame at 33s. Our Conor then demolished them at 4s but Tiger Roll was only 6th favourite at 10/1. 2015 the 1-2-3 Henderson trio all 8/1 and under. Only 11 placed horses in past 20 races to have started at greater than 20/1. Last year all 12/1 and under. 2014 Kentucky Hyden second at 20s, 2013 Sametegal 3rd at 33s. Countrywide Flame, the first winner over 20/1 since Duke Of Monmouth ‘92. Since the introduction of the Fred Winter, apart from Tiger Roll and C Flame, all other ten winners came from the first four in the betting.
Only 6 from the last 29 Triumph Hurdle favourites have won (Ivanovich Gorbatov 9/2 after Peace and Co. Before that they were Detroit City '06, Katarino '99, Mysilv '94 at 2/1). Ivanovich makes it 3 favs in the last 18.
10 of last 24 were favourite or second favourite last time out (not Tiger Roll, Our Conor, Snowdrop or Zarkandar. Tiger Roll was 16s in G1 Leopardstown)
This century 48 beaten favourites (BF) last time out have turned up here. Two winners, Ivanovich beaten at 8/13 and Celestial Halo winner here at 5/1 in 2008, previously BF at 2/5.
TRAINERS N Henderson has won 6 of these, the stable trifecta up in 2015 paid £95. He had the 2nd in 2014 and the 3rd in 2011. (two unpl 2013 including 5/2 fav, no runner 2012). Charli Parcs . Mirroring that B Geraghty holds the record for the most jockey wins with six. (I knew you would come good last year sometime, Barry) A King, two winners, two seconds and two thirds in the last nine. Three last year, best Gibralfaro was ninth. 2015 two 16/1 shots unplaced. P. Hobbs - two winners in last 12, no runners last two years. P Nicholls two winners in last sevenix, plus placed horses behind Our Conor and Calipto unlucky with the tack in 2014. Clan Des Obeaux best of his five runnners last year in 6th. Pipe stable - This race provided Martin with his first Festival winner in Baron Blakeney 1981 at 66/1. Only Kissair '95 has given success since. Only five runners in the last twelve all unplaced.
Irish trained - Hammered it in 2016 with first four home. Aiden/Joseph with Ivanovich followed by three from W Mullins. Smart Betfred went 50s on New Years Day that Joseph would train a Festival winner in 2016. Stupid me didn't check that he couldn't sit the necessary exams until April 2016. Hey ho. There you go. Tiger Roll and Our Conor had first stopped the Irish drought. 4 out of first 5 home in 2002 (Scolardy, trained by W Mullins?) had been the last. Irish trained have only ever won 7 Triumph Hurdles. All three unplaced 2015.
Four Irish trained winners since ’93. Tiger Roll and Our Conor came straight from the Leopardstown G1. Scolardy ’02 won the same race when it was a G3 and Commanche Court ‘97 won Grade 3 event at Punchestown in mid February. In 2016 Footpad won in Leopardstown from Lets Dance and Ivanovich
FORM RACES Peace and Co followed Katchit in being the only ones to complete the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham January/Triumph double since former’s inception in 1985. Hors La Loi did double up in '99 with the Supreme Novice. Franchoek won the Finesse '08 but beaten by Celestial Halo in the big one. 2013 Rolling Star then fav for this only finished 5th. 2014 Le Rocher didnt come. This year in January Defi Du Seuil strolled it. Interestingly, Defi's time this Cheltenham was 5 secs faster than Peace and Co in 2015 and Defi's ground was officially softer.
Last Haydock Victor Ludorum winner to be involved in the finish of this was Ninja, 2nd at 50/1 in ’90. But Une Artiste doubled up with the 4 yr old handicap 2012. Frodon 8th in the Triumph last year. Don Bersy NR
Well fancied mares’ decent record with 7lb allowance. (Shawiya, Mysilv and Snowdrop all won and came here on the back of a win.). 19 have started 14/1 and under. Those 3 won and 8 others were placed (Unaccompanied 2nd in 2011). 38 others 14/1 and greater, none placed. Petite Parissienne well beaten 5th 2015 at 14s. No mares 2013 or 2012. Apples Jade 2nd at 12s last year, Lets Dance 11s and 4th
4 from last 16 won Adonis Hurdle at Kempton (including Zarkandar and Soldatino). 12 didn’t. 2014 Activial and 2013 Irish Saint both went to Aintree instead. Neither won there. Beltor won on the bridle at Kempton, 6th here at 7/1. 2016 Zubayr 11/2 and 13th. This century 12 Adonis Hurdle winner have run in this. Apart from the 4 winners, Well Chief 2nd.
Zarkandar only winner in 30 yrs to be a once-raced hurdler. Didn't work for Zubayr.
Winner of Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham in November has provided a placed horse in this in 6 of the past 11 runnings. Not last year. 2015 Hargam 3rd, 2014 Guitar Pete only placed in both. Far West 2nd here 2013. Hinterland NR here 2012. Grandouet placed in both in 2011. Pistolet Noir NR here in '10 but Barizan was second in both races. Defi Du Seuil bt Diablo De Sivola.
Countrywide Flame and Katchit both broke a long term stat in that they have been the only two of the last 21 to have run over hurdles in Britain or Ireland before October 20th. Flame had actually been out twice by that date. Ivanovich 27th December, Peace And Co 13th Dec, Tiger Roll first run 10th Nov, Our Conor 11 Nov. Zarkardar followed Soldatino in that their first run in UK was the Kempton Adonis at the end of February. This broke the stat of all 37 in the previous 11 races who made their hurdle debut later than January did not win. Soldatino had won a hurdle in France. All 5 since Zarkandar out before end of January.
FORM Ivanovich, Tiger Roll, Zarkandar '11, Made In Japan ’04 and Celestial Halo '08 only 5 winners since ‘90 not to have won twice that season over hurdles. None worse than 4th last time out. The latest three ran in at least G2 last time.
13 from last 18 won previous race. Three were second and Countrywide Flame finished 3rd, Ivanovich 4th in the G1 at Leopardstown.
Four of the last five Triumph winners all at least in first four in G1 Leopardstown Hennessey Day. Tiger Roll was second to Guitar Pete, Our Conor won, Countryside Flame finished 3rd. 2013 Diakali 2nd at Leopardstown, 4th here. Both Unaccompanied and Hisaabaat won at Leopardstown before being placed here. Mega Fortune from Bapaume, 7 lengths to Dinaria Des Obeaux and Meri Devie
22 from last 25 either unbeaten in UK and Ire or ran at least 3 times previous (Not Ivanovich, Tiger nor Celestial who had only ran twice). Zarkandar the only once raced hurdler in win in the last 31 years. (Ivanovich had 4 flat runs in Ire, Zarkandar had three in France, Countrywide Flame had 6 hurdle outings before Cheltenham)
22 of past 23 had passed the post first in at least half their hurdle starts in UK and Ire. (Not Made In Japan, one from three, Scolardy won but was disqualified from 1st last time).
Apart from Our Conor the previous 15 winners to have run on the flat all tried at distances of 1m 4f plus (including Zarkandar). Our Conor only tried up to 10 furlongs. 15 of last 24 were placed over 1 1/2 miles or further on the flat (including six from the last ten). Neither Peace And Co nor Tiger Roll ran on the flat. Ivanovich Flat rating of 104.
16 of past 22 had won on a 'fast flat' track e.g. Kempton, Market Rasen. Our Conor 3.54 around Leopardstown 'fast' enough?. Both Tiger Roll and Countrywide Flame won at Market Rasen. Peace and Co 4mins.1 at Donc. Defi Du Seuil 4 mins 8, Cheltenham in November, 4 mins 1 sec at Chepstow. Charli Parcs Kempton 3 mins 48. Mega Fortune 4mins 1 secs in the best standard time of Irish Gold Cup day.
Only Countrywide Flame has run in the G1 Chepstow Finale Hurdle since Mysilv '94 did the double and Countrywide Flame was well beaten. Defi Du Seuil stuffed Evening Hush in unseasonable good to soft.
There is distant history of 4 yr olds performing well in all aged Conditions races and not following up here and in the Champion Hurdle. Do ok in the Supreme.
All bar Peace and Co, Katchit and Zaynar of last 22 had previous run in February. All three last ran in January. Last 18 all ran between 19 and 55 days before.
BREEDING - 16 from last 20 bred by a Group 1 winning sire including all of last thirteen bar Soldatino and Our Conor. Ivanovich Gorbatov by Montjeu. Former's sire Graveron never won a race and Jeremy was only placed at G1 level. Peace And Co by Falco, Tiger Roll by Authorized.
RATING 56 of last 73 win and placed rated at least 70 on the flat. Ivanovich off 104. Who Dares Win next best flat rating off 85 finished second last. No placed horse 2015 had a flat rating though Hargam may have come close with his Listed French flat form. 2014 none of the first three over 70. Both Kentucky and Guitar Pete well under 80. 2013 Our Conor 85, placed horses ex French, no rating. Our Conor the only one of the first 8 home to have a Flat rating. 2012 all placed over 80. Eleven placed recently were French NH and Flat without a rating, but Unaccompanied (2nd) was rated 98, '10 Barizan was rated 86 and Alavan 110. '09 Mourad 3rd was 104. ’08 all three passed this one, Spectroscope '03 only winner since '96 rated less than 80 on the flat.
HEADGEAR - Only Zaynar '09 (cheekpieces) and Detroit City '06 (visor) of the last 36 to try over 13 years have won. Both were wearing headgear in NH races for the first time although Detroit City had won in a visor on the flat as a three yr old. 3 tried last year best Footpad in second time hood. 4 tried 2015, best Beltor 6th in first time hood. Guitar Pete placed 2014 in the visor he always wore.
BEATEN FAVOURITES - This century 47 beaten favourites last time out have tried, Ivanovich Gorbatov, 9/2 was beaten at 8/13 at Leopardstown. Also Celestial Halo in 2008. He was previously turned over at Doncaster at 2/5.
2015 - Maximum number of runners cut from 24 to 22.
(No longer the only non handicap in the calendar to pay automatically e.w. on 4th place. But look for offers. 15 runners last year. PPower alone went 4 places).