1pt ante-post win Pied Piper @16/1, Triumph Hurdle

There’s every reason to believe that PIED PIPER and not ante-post favourite Fil Dor, who races for the same connections, will end up Gordon Elliott’s number one Triumph Hurdle horse. He’s been entered along with his stablemate for the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival and you’d expect both to turn up. On account of fitness, Pied Piper wasn’t expected to win on his hurdles debut but ended up beating the long odds-on Mullins hype horse Vauban fair and square, jumping very well with the two of them pulling miles clear of the third – the fourth was beaten the same distance by Fil Dor back in November to add some collateral context. They look two leading players for the Triumph and the betting markets are being very slow to see that, with both available at 16/1. However, Pied Piper was rated 96 on the flat and was purchased for big money back in October, and he looks the one to take from the race – for all I wouldn’t put you off backing both at the prices. Now with form in the book and a Grade 1 entry, the case is clear as day.

1pt ante-post win Pied Piper @16/1, Triumph Hurdle

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