Sir Erec the Standout in Triumph Hurdle
The Joseph O’Brien juvenile hurdle team is very strong, so much so that he has already put two of them into other races, to avoid them all clashing in the Triumph Hurdle. Band Of Outlaws won the other juvenile race this week, the Fred Winter, and he won that with ease. On form and reports from home, Sir Erec is in a different league to him and that is going to make him incredibly difficult to stop on Friday.
For a long time now we have seen Joseph O’Brien dominate the market for this race, and while other horses have come and shown their talent, no one has been able to knock this lad off the top spot. He has always been the main contender for the yard, and remains that ahead of the race.
As for those in opposition, the best of the British challenge looks to be the Paul Nicholls trained Quel Destin, with his trainer having a very good festival. He lost on debut in this country, but has won five races on the bounce since, including a Grade One although there is a feeling that the Irish form is a little stronger than the British form, something I certainly agree with.
Tiger Tap Tap has ran Sir Erec close once, but since then he was well beaten by him and it is going to take a big turn around for him to overturn the form on the O’Brien runner.
I really like Sir Erec, he won’t be a huge price but he looks rock solid in the opener on the final day of the festival to get the Irish off to a winning start.