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  • 15:35 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial 2m 110y

  • (Registered As The Prestbury Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) £30,000 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 11.30s
  • Off time: 15:44:57

Hobbs hope Golden Doyen stakes Triumph claim

Last Updated: 15/11/14 5:45pm

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Baraka De Thaix leads Golden Doyen over the second-last flight.

Baraka De Thaix leads Golden Doyen over the second-last flight.

Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson were back on the scoresheet for the meeting as Golden Doyen found plenty for pressure to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial.

After an opening-day treble, Hobbs and Johnson were represented here by the 13/8 favourite, a recent winner at Warwick.

Victory looked unlikely coming down the hill as he was hard ridden while challengers Baraka De Thaix and Hargam were still on the bridle.

Johnson's hard work looked likely to be rewarded when Golden Doyen rallied to go clear approaching the last, but the race still wasn't over with Hargam suddenly quickening up hitting the front, only for the winner to find unexpected extra reserves and go on again to score by three-quarters of a length.

Johnson said: "He found a lot when I asked him. He really likes soft ground and you couldn't question his attitude.

"He only ran a couple of times on the Flat in France, so he's not got much experience.

"Hopefully he's Triumph Hurdle class, but I think cut in the ground is what he wants."

Hobbs concurred, adding: "He was like a little terrier, really. The Triumph will have to be the target now.

"I suppose he's the best juvenile to have run so far, but at the same time it's a long way to March and there will be a lot of good Flat horses to come out jumping yet, I'm sure."

Sky Bet cut his odds for the juvenile championship contest from 33/1 to 16/1, however connections of the second and third-placed horses were happy enough with their charges' performances.

Hargam's trainer Nicky Henderson said: "He's been gelded and spent the summer at Martinstown [owner JP McManus's Irish estate] and he'll certainly come on and learn from this. He's jumped well and travelled well, and done nothing much wrong."

Baraka De Thaix is trained by David Pipe, who also supplied fourth-placed Unanimite.

"We threw Baraka in rather at the deep end but he's done really well," said Pipe. "He's a very nice juvenile prospect, but being by Dom Alco we hope he's one for the future. The other horse has run well too, under his penalty."

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