Festival throwback: Relive Irish success in the Triumph Hurdle

A highlight of the final day, Barry Geraghty has triumphed five times in the race

Monday, March 07, 2022

A gift from the gods - Paul Townend and Burning Victory benefitted at Goshen's expense in the 2020 running of the race

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.

Burning Victory, 2020

Willie Mullins has won this race just twice, with his second coming two years ago in dramatic fashion.

It looked for all money that Gary Moore's Goshen, ridden by Jamie Moore, was surging to a dominant win when 10-lengths clear at the last.

But a costly error after the final hurdle saw Moore unseated, and an unlikely winner emerge in the form of 12/1 shot filly Burning Victory.

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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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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It's not the nicest way to win a race - but I've been on the other end of that, so I know what it feels like.
- Paul Townend after Burning Victory's Triumph Hurdle win