27th Jan 2021
Fry is hoping he could provide the fourth successful female winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle with FORTUNES MELODY. A Listed winner at Auteuil in September, she placed on her next three starts in Graded company for her former trainer David Cottin. She has yet to start for Fry. He said: “Fortunes Melody has some very good form in France and is the second highest-rated juvenile filly there. We are very excited and grateful for her owners Simon (Munir) and Isaac (Souede) for giving us the opportunity to train her. She has been with us since the turn of the year but has been in England since the start of December. She spent some time with Sally Taylor who does a lot of the pre-training for the owners, so she has had the chance to settle and acclimatise there. We are learning about her all the time, but hopefully, she will be ready to run in the next couple of weeks. We have given her the Triumph Hurdle entry as an option. We need to run her first to see what we have got. There is some good form in the book already though as she is a winner of a Listed hurdle in France.”
26th Jan 2021
Alan King feels there is plenty more to come from JCB Triumph Hurdle contender TRITONIC following his winning debut at Ascot on Saturday. Sent off favourite he was made to pull out all the stops by Gary Moore’s CASA LOUPI with the pair 18l clear. He was an excellent Flat handicapper, and finished second at Royal Ascot in the inaugural Golden Gates Handicap and was also runner-up in the Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton. He will now at Kempton on Feb 27th in The Adonis against his own age, or in the Dovecote Novices. “I was obviously very pleased with him, he was only just ready to start back on Saturday as he was gelded and had a proper break at the end of the Flat season, I just felt if he was going to get to the Triumph then he needed two runs beforehand, so this is a good starting point and he’s come out of it fine. The front two finished a long way clear of another decent horse. I must admit jumping the last I did think we were booked for a second – I was still thinking it was a satisfactory debut, but then he dug in and got there in the end. I’d like to think there’s a lot of improvement to come from him. There’ll have to be, but I do think there is. He’s been to the big handicaps on the Flat so that will stand him in good stead and he’ll be a lot sharper for the run.” Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook are both 12s NRNB and he is only best 14s elsewhere. Back him e/w now NRNB in the expectation his price will halve if successful at Kempton.
15th Jan 2021
It seems that Paul Nicholls does not intend to give MONMIRAL an entry in the Triumph come March as “.. he was bought as a chaser, not to win a Triumph Hurdle”. I simply don’t understand the decision. Does he think that the Irish Juveniles are simply much better? Has MONMIRAL got an issue? He is still quoted for this at 14s. Wait.
ADAGIO went into a lot of notebooks as a likely Triumph-type when he won the G1 Coral Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Jan 9th, beating Nassalam by 2½l. However, the connections have always insisted that The Boodles (Fred Winter) was the intended target; with a grudging David Pipe saying “…we’ll have to think about the Triumph now’. The reality is that if they went for the Boodles their mark is probably going to be too high and he’s not going to be good enough on likely faster ground in the big one. He’s now a best-priced 10/1 shot for the Triumph. Oh and he’s a German-bred. Leave.