Triumph Hurdle tips: Our Cheltenham panel of experts give their picks on the race

Ruby Walsh, Frank Hickey, Lizzie Kelly, Paul Jacobs and Paddy were speaking at a live recording of our From the Horse’s Mouth Podcast



When Aspire Tower won at Christmas and was very impressive winning 18 lengths in a Grade 2, the finishing speed was 92.5%, they were crawling home. They basically went really hard, the rest couldn’t keep up and he could just keep going.

But the last day in Leopardstown the race was run to 100% bang on so my theory is Rachael Blackmore was teaching him how to settle a bit because there is going to be loads of pace on here in the Triumph and also trying to teach him how to conserve his energy so he can use it a bit later in the race.

I was at Leopardstown that day, I thought he was beaten when he fell.

I went back and watched the replay about 10 times and he definitely would’ve won by two or three lengths.

You’re looking at Cerberus cruising and then Cerberus finishes third; he definitely would’ve beaten Cerberus by three or four lengths and he would’ve definitely beaten A Wave of The Sea. I think he’s a cracking each-way bet here.

Goshen’s got an engine but I think he needs soft ground and needs to go right.  Allmankind is a danger, he’s a bit of a tearaway but he finds a lot at the end of a race. I’m hoping to wait on Aspire Tower to come in here for a fair few quid and I’m pretty hopeful.


I’d be inclined to forgive Aspire Tower his recent form. I think he deserves to be there or thereabouts. He fell at the last at Leopardstown and that’s maybe pushed him out a bit but I’d be keen on Aspire Tower.


I really like Goshen, simply because I really like Jamie Moore!

Aspire Tower horse


Well, I think Jamie Moore’s one of the hardest-working jockeys out there and the best company in the world, so I don’t disagree with Lizzie! But here I fancy A Wave of The Sea each/way. I think it stays forever and is tough.


I adore Jamie Moore! I think Goshen is a monster of a horse and if he learns to jump a hurdle properly he’ll blow the field away. I’m not tempted by him at 7/2, but if he puts in a clear round he could win this well.

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