Tritonic solidified its JCB Triumph Hurdle claims with an extremely impressive display in the Close Brothers Adonis Juvenile Hurdle in Kempton.
The four-year championship at the Festival had watched the mercy of Gordon Elliott, who was spoiled for wealth in the division with the top two betting at Zanahiyr and Quilixios, as well as the undefeated Teahupoo, who won again at Fairyhouse the Saturday.
But Tritonic, more than useful on the Flat for Alan King and placed at Royal Ascot, has clearly adapted very well to his new discipline.
Winners on their Ascot debut when only wearing Gary Moore’s Casa Loupi in the finals, the pair were once again first and second – but this time Tritonic’s superiority was much greater.
Running to the last Tritonic was just one step ahead, but by the time the 5-6 favorite crossed the finish line he had put 10 between them with Adrian Heskin not being too vigorous.
Betfair reduced the winner to 5-1 from 8 for the Triumph – and King couldn’t have been happier with the display.
Barbury Castle Stables coach said: “We wanted to get a little more experience in him for Cheltenham and he will have learned a lot from it inside (rail) today. Once or twice he fell asleep , but as soon as Adrian gives him a squeeze he’s back on the bridle, I couldn’t have been happier with him.
“We gave him a great vacation at the end of the last flat season – he was glazed and had six weeks in the field. He was just ready to start at Ascot and I just felt like we had to try and give him two runs. if we were going to have a serious Triumph horse.
“We were going to come right here and I was like ‘well that’s not good’ he just needs a little more experience. We certainly felt he had improved since Ascot, from a fitness standpoint, and he’s built on that again today.
“He’s by far the best of my old Triumph Hurdle horses on the flat sides. We trained him differently. Katchit that we started in September, the others had a lot more experience than Tritonic got into the Triumph. .
“But I think the two runs over hurdles will be enough and he has experience with big handicaps on the Flat.”
He added: “This is the highest class flat horse I have ever sent to jump. He is a good one and a quarter mile flat horse. It may seem a little slow, but it is. because he goes to sleep on you in a race, he only does what is asked of him.
“He should be good for Cheltenham and he has the gears to take a position where you want to lead him.
“It all impressed me. The way he got back on the bridle. He was running out of room a bit once or twice and I also like the way he got away from the last one. He hit the line really well. , which is always a good thing.
“From day one he was educated very well. I thought today his jump was precise and it’s good when it’s tight too.
“I don’t think he will play a lot in terms of fitness, but he will just be a little sharper for this experience.
“I hope he has a really good chance at Cheltenham. He would be top rated on the flat side and I certainly wouldn’t be the type to trade him for anything. I’m very happy with my boy.”