Tritonic lays down Triumph Hurdle marker with polished win at Kempton

By: Greg Wood at Kempton Sunday 28 February 2021
  • Alan King’s horse in with a fine chance at Cheltenham
  • Cape Gentlemen takes the Dovecote Novice Hurdle

Alan King had nine Cheltenham Festival winners in just four seasons between 2006 and 2009, but the story of his fortunes since Uxizandre gave him his last success at the meeting in 2015 also tells a tale of the losing battle of British stables against their Irish counterparts. King’s 80 runners have all been beaten, and only Yanworth, a defeated favourite in both 2016 and 2019, has set off at the head of the betting.

In Tritonic, though, he seems to have his best chance of a 16th Festival winner for at least four years, and the four-year-old seems certain to lead the home challenge in the Triumph Hurdle against Zanahiyr, Quilixios and French Aseel, Ireland’s main contenders, who are unbeaten in eight starts between them.

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