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Triumph Hurdle Tips - 1:30pm Cheltenham

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The last day of the Festival kicks off with the Triumph Hurdle and this year it looks a wide open contest with lots of horses coming here on the back of some impressive performances.

Nicky Henderson took the prize last year, the fourth time since 2009 and the seventh in total. He surprisingly has nothing in the field this time round so its left to rival Paul Nicholls to take up the mantle.

The main hope from Ditcheat appears to be the ex-French hurdler Solo, he made a very impressive UK debut at Kempton recently and looked a very useful addition to the yard. He bolted up by 13 lengths and could be anything, of course we dont know what the form amounts to, but he has to go on the shortlist. He has very well backed all week in the lead up to the race and looks a very useful recruit.

Stablemate Sir Psycho is not without a chance either. He will be ridden by Bryony Frost and comes here on the back of two victories at Exeter and Haydock. He goes in soft ground and seems to be still improving over hurdles.

Two unbeaten 4yo’s have been grabbing the headlines in the lead up to this race and Dan Skelton’s Allmankind is at the top of the market. His front-running style is exciting to watch and it will be interesting to see how quick he goes on this track.

He was rated 90 on the flat when with Michael Bell and was immediately given a wind op once landing at the Skelton’s. He made his debut at his local track at Warwick and bolted up by 37 lengths. He pulled like a train that day and many thought he wouldn’t be able to run like this in better company.

He came to Cheltenham next for a Grade 2 contest and adopted similar tactics, obviously he couldn’t dominate as much in this grade but still came home full of running to win by 2 ½ lengths. He then went to Chepstow for the Grade 1 ‘Finale’ and completely ran away with the race and won impressively by 9 lengths.

He has yet to see a rival since going over hurdles and seems to have a very good engine, he jumps well and will take some stopping here.

Another horse with three wins under his belt is Goshen trained by Gary Moore. He also won three time son the flat before seeing a hurdle and was rated 88 and improving when last seen on the level at Nottingham in October.

Goshen made a very similar hurdles debut to Allmankind in the fact that he took a small race completely apart by blasting off from the front and won by 23 lengths unchallenged. Next time out he went to Sandown and also went up in class by contesting a Class 2 race, he raced keenly once again and bolted up by an impressive 34 lengths.

Last time out he was forced to go to Ascot after the weather had interrupted his plans elsewhere. It was pretty much the same story as he bolted up by 11 lengths and amazingly finished the race without either of his front shoes.

It promises to be a proper speed test this year and if both Allmankind and Goshen turn up in top form it will be interesting to see the tactics and who can leave a bit in the tank for the dreaded hill.

The Irish have won this race 4 times since 2013, a much improved stat compared with the single winner they had in the dozen years prior to that. No doubt they take this race more seriously these days and there best hope may be Aspire Tower trained by Henry De Bromhead.

Aspire Tower was an 86 rated flat horse trained by Steve Gollings before going over to Ireland. He made his hurdles debut at Punchestown and ran out an impressive winner by 13 lengths. He was then made favourite for a Grade 2 contest on Boxing Day at Leopardstown and absolutely bolted up by 18 lengths, he went into many notebooks after that as a definite player in this race.

Since then the wheels slightly came off at the Dublin Festival when he came down at the final hurdle when contesting the lead in a Grade 1 contest. It’s hard to know what would have happened and the race went to the Joseph O’Brien horse A Wave Of The Sea who had previously been well beaten by Aspire Tower.

A Wave Of The Sea was running well whatever the outcome compared to his lacklustre performance on Boxing Day so he has to come into calculations on the back of this. Wolf Prince and another McManus horse Cerebus were not far behind at Leopardstown.

Cerebus has form with Allmankind from Chepstow where he finished second beaten 9 lengths and on a strict form line on that one run the Irish runners have a bit to find here.

Willie Mullins saddles Burning Victory and Hook Up, both outsiders but discounted at your peril. Burning Victory won on her debut at Fairyhouse by 2 1/2 lengths from Great Bear. The form doesnt amount to much but she can only improve from that. Hook Up was back in third place that day and its hard to know what to make of here at this stage, she is owned by the Ricci family so there will be a plan in place.

Punters Lounge Tip: Goshen 7/2 at bet365 - Click Here To Bet
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