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Willie Mullins saddles the market principals in the opening race on the final day of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival – but who do Paddy’s pundits fancy in the Triumph Hurdle?
Lossiemouth had a challenging run when finishing behind stablemate Gala Marceau at the Dublin Racing Festival, while Bloody Destiny’s emphatic victory at Fairyhouse in January has been franked by Jazzy Matty’s success in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. The Closutton team also pitch Grade 3 winner Zenta as well as outsiders Cinsa, Gust Of Wind and Je Garde It into the field of 15.
You can check out the Triumph Hurdle runners and riders in full as well as Timeform’s snazzy horse-by-horse analysis on our snazzy Racecards page.
You can run the rule over the latest Triumph Hurdle odds on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise our experts’ best bets for the race are below.
Cheltenham 1.30 tips
Matt Chapman: I’ve long been all over LOSSIEMOUTH for this and I’m not changing my mind now. The Rich Ricci runner, ridden by Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins, was unlucky to be beaten by Gala Marceau at Leopardstown last time and I expect the filly to turn that form around. This has always been her target and she’s a huge player.
Mick Fitzgerald: Paul Townend has stuck with Lossiemouth, but I think this was a really tough choice for him. BLOOD DESTINY was very impressive at Fairyhouse and the more rain that falls the better. Lossiemouth is a very good filly and gets the 7lb mares allowance. That definitely helps her cause but Blood Destiny can deny his stablemate.
Jane Mangan: Willie Mullins or Willie Mullins? The enigma of this year’s Triumph is which Closutton horse to choose but I have been a fan of LOSSIEMOUTH ever since her Irish debut at Fairyhouse. Blood Destiny has been emphatic on his two wins to date but it’s difficult to quantify what he has beaten. We know the beautiful grey mare has a bombproof temperament with the ability to match, a combination that should prove a good asset in this race.
Ruby Walsh: The softer it gets the bigger chance that gives BLOOD DESTINY. It’ll definitely suit if the going is heavy.
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