Cheltenham Festival Clues – Triumph Hurdle 2014

Analifet (FR) 3-y-o (05May10 b f) – OUT FOR SEASON

Califet (FR) — Viana (FR) (Signe Divin (USA)
W P Mullins


Talented filly that jumped her way to the head of the Triumph Hurdle market with an exhilarating display at Fairyhouse. This followed an equally effortless win at Punchestown. She jumps fast and accurately, despite diving at the last on her Irish debut at Punchestown. Bred to stay two and a half miles, she has proven herself on right-handed, undulating, and stiff tracks in Ireland. It can be argued her style of racing may not be best suited to a Triumph Hurdle run at Cheltenham. However, having viewed the video of her debut win at Compiegne, I can inform readers that she raced kindly off the pace. With two hurdles to jump, she was eight lengths off the leaders. Delivered to challenge approaching the last hurdle, she flew the obstacle and forged clear on the run-in. She jumped the stiffer French hurdles with as much alacrity as those in Ireland. Interestingly, Compiegne is a flat, left-handed track. The second home on that occasion has since run seven times. Her record is six wins and one fall. The latest win came in Listed company at Enghein; she is now rated 143 by the French handicapper. With winning form on good to soft through to very soft, she appears unfazed by track conformation or ground underhoof. Her RPR achieved in the Bar One Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse, is 1lb higher than that recorded by Our Conor in the same race.

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