Burning Victory claims dramatic Triumph Hurdle victory

Burning Victory claims dramatic Triumph Hurdle victory at the Cheltenham Festival after favourite Goshen tumbled at the final hurdle despite bursting 10 lengths clear

  • 12-1 Burning Victory came through to claim victory in the Triumph Hurdle 
  • Favourite Goshen had edged clear but tumbled to the floor at the final hurdle 
  • Goshen was 10 lengths clear but unseated jockey Jamie Moore in late drama
  • Burning Victory won two and three-quarter lengths after racing from well back 

Burning Victory was a fortunate winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, after Goshen unseated Jamie Moore when in a 10-length lead at the final flight.

Goshen, trained by the jockey’s father Gary, had built up an unassailable lead after overpowering fellow front-runner Allmankind in a race run at a frenetic pace throughout.

But he made a mistake at the last, and Moore was unshipped – and instead it was Willie Mullins’ filly Burning Victory, who came from well back under Paul Townend, to win by two and three-quarter lengths at 12-1.

Burning Victory broke clear to claim a dramatic victory at the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham

The favourite Goshen unseated Jamie Moore having built up a 10-length lead at the final flight

Acknowledging he had a large slice of luck on his side, Townend said: ‘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.

‘We take any bit of luck we get.’

Burning Victory had gradually warmed to her task while others raced freely ahead of her.

Townend admitted the filly was fortunate to seize victory after bursting clear from way back

Townend added: ‘I jumped the first two well – she didn’t jump at all on her first run. She’s improved so much from that.

‘She fell out through a couple round the back, and I couldn’t rush her then – I had to just let her find her feet again.

‘I got her out down the hill, and she started to pick up for me. I was lucky enough that I had a horse in a position to pick up the pieces.’

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