It’s a tough JCB Triumph Hurdle betting market for punters to crack this year and picking the winner will be no easy task.
But two strong performances from A Media Luz at Huntingdon and Brampour at Taunton yesterday have seen plenty of activity in the Triumph Hurdle betting.
A Media Luz went off the 8/15 favourite at Huntingdon and an 18-length victory has seen her Triumph Hurdle odds cut to 10/1 which now makes her second favourite.
However trainer Nicky Henderson is keen to run his four-year-old filly in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and said: “”We’ll see what the handicapper does, but I don’t really want to run her in the Triumph.”
“The Fred Winter has always been the plan and I’m worried she looked impressive today as I don’t think it was a good race. I hope the handicapper sees that.”
Grandouet is the Triumph Hurdle favourite at 6/1 and could be the reason why Henderson doesn’t want to race A Media Luz in the race, but one real contender to Grandouet is Brampour whose 13-length victory at Taunton sees him become a serious contender.
Brampour was cut into 10/1 second favourite for the Triumph Hurdle following the victory and the Paul Nicholls-trained four-year-old is a real threat to Grandouet.
But Brampour’s win means the form looks good for an outsider in the Triumph Hurdle betting market and Kazzene, a 3½-length winner over Brampour at Kempton in January, is a huge price at 25/1.
Kazzene has subsequently finished third to Supreme Novices’ entrant Sprinter Sacre at Ffos Las, and despite finishing 11½ lengths behind Sprinter Sacre, the favourite was sent off at 2/9 and Kazzene was disputing until the last.
In Brampour and Kazzene, punters can back two horses that offer plenty of value in what is sure to be a great Cheltenham Festival.