Swnymor may have fallen at the last when looking a certain winner of the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow, but this has not prevented his price rightly shortening for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Tim Vaughan’s runner has been cut to 16/1 for the Triumph Hurdle and the opening Grade One of the season for juveniles has been a strong guide to the 2m1f Festival contest in recent years.
In four of the last five seasons, an entrant from the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle has gone on to fill an each-way berth in the Triumph, with the one exception being when none took part.
Countrywide Flame could only finish second at Chepstow last season, but won the Triumph, while in 2011 Sam Winner came fourth in both races.
Meanwhile, in 2008 and 2009 Franchoek and Walkon took second at Cheltenham after landing the spoils at Chepstow.
Swnymor was successful on his first start over hurdles at Newbury when surging clear two flights from home before being eased down in the final stages.
His victory would have not been quite so comfortable at Chepstow, but he certainly appears to have a burst of speed.
Ruacana benefitted from the fall to win the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle and is also 16/1 to win the Triumph, which looks slightly short given the form he will have to reverse.
Furthermore, Ruacana may have only come third at Chepstow if Megalypos was not substantially interfered with by Swnymor’s fall.
Far West remains the clear favourite to win the Triumph Hurdle at 4/1 and he took the key trial at Cheltenham in December, but this was not without alarm despite the length of the final winning distance.
This will give some punters encouragement to take him on in the Triumph Hurdle.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.