JCB Triumph Trial Guide


Torpillo is a surprise omission for the JCB Triumph Trial, but Simon Munir and Isaac Souede are still represented with a leading chance in the shape of Adjali.

The 4yo won on his British and stable debut in December at Market Rasen, before being unable to get past Quel Destin at Chepstow in a Grade One.

Just a neck down, he is sure to go close once again dropping in grade, and looks a strong player in the real race at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

David Bridgwater's carefully-named Fukuto who finished 22 lengths behind Munir and Souede's other star juvenile Torpillo in tough conditions at Sandown, gets another spin here.

Meanwhile, Paul Nicholls - who trains Quel Destin, saddles Dogon in this contest here, and calls upon Bryony Frost to sit in the saddle.

Dogon is yet to race in the UK, but looked a pretty useful horse in France for trainer Francois Nicolle, and could be anything.

Likewise for Jonjo O'Neill's Pagero - a son of Nathaniel and purchased by JP McManus from France, where he competed four times on the flat.

To more familiar names, and Nelson River remains unbeaten from his first two starts over obstacles for trainer Tony Carroll and surely holds a card to play.

He most recently won at Cheltenham in a similar contest, beating a horse called Fanfan Du Seuil from Tom George's yard, who beat Alan King's Our Power at Exeter in November, though he fought back with a statement of victory at Newbury just before Christmas.

Joseph O'Brien sends both Fine Brunello and Fakir D'oudairies over from Ireland.