Festival throwback: Relive Irish success in the Triumph Hurdle


The race where Tiger Roll made his big introduction in 2014

Friday, February 14, 2020
Davy Russell celebrates after Tiger Roll wins the Triumph Hurdle - but the best was yet to come

Davy Russell celebrates after Tiger Roll wins the Triumph Hurdle - but the best was yet to come


The top juvenile hurdle in national hunt racing is one of the highlight's of the Festival's final day card - an often brilliant appetiser to the Gold Cup main event.

Once won by flat racing legend Lester Piggott, Barry Geraghty is the leading jockey with five career wins.

Ivanovich Gorbatov, 2016

 
Named after the Russian post-impressionist painter, this horse gave Aidan O'Brien his first Festival winner since the mighty Istabraq. 

O'Brien's son Joseph had supervised the young hurdler's preparation ahead of getting his full training licence.

"It's unbelievable, I don't think it's sunk in yet," he said, after a brilliant ride from Geraghty had secured victory.

"It's very hard to put into words what I'm thinking right now."

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Tiger Roll, 2014


We all know the Tiger Roll story - but this is where it started.

This was only his second race for trainer Gordon Elliott and his Gigginstown owners and how he delivered.

Other success both at the Festival and, of course, at the Grand National followed but it was a day to remember for connections.

"This is only his third start, but Gordon had him right on the button. It's a horse with a big future," said jockey Davy Russell. 

Just how big, he couldn't have imagined.

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Commanche Court, 1997


Owned by financier Dermot Desmond and trained by Ted Walsh, he gave his trainer his one and only Cheltenham Festival winner when landing the 1997 race under Norman Williamson.

Three years later he gave Walsh and son Ruby a first Irish Grand National victory when beating Foxchapel King by ten lengths and he was second to Best Mate in the 2002 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"He is the kindest, gentlest little horse I've ever known," said Walsh. 

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This is only his third start, but Gordon had him right on the button. It's a horse with a big future.
- Davy Russell after Tiger Roll wins the Triumph Hurdle

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