Triumph Favourite Sir Erec Suffers Minor Setback but Should Still Run
Joseph O’Brien revealed to punters that his Triumph Hurdle favourite Sir Erec suffered a minor setback at home, but he is still confident that the horse will run at the festival next week. Sir Erec suffered a stone bruise, which is only a minor injury and O’Brien reports no further injuries ahead of the big meeting. He is very confident that the horse will be able to overcome this in just a few days, and that will leave him spot on for the Triumph next Friday.
the four year old is owned by JP McManus and he is as short as evens to win the Triumph next Friday. He had put up some exciting performances in Ireland this season, and his biggest danger may come in the shape of the second favourite, and stablemate Fakir D’Oudairies. He has been cut from 5/1 to 7/2 for the race with this news breaking, with layers taking no chances in case the favourite is pulled out.
Sir Erec has ran twice and won twice so far during his hurdling career, and he showed his flat speed last year when finishing third in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day. He is clearly a very talented horse, and already the winner of a Grade One contest.
Punters will be keeping their eye on any news coming out of the O’Brien camp, as this horse is seen as one of the bankers of the meeting by many people. The Irish will certainly support their horse, and it will be a big blow to those who are already on antepost if he doesn’t run in the race. We have a week to go until he runs, and while this is not the ideal preparation for a big race like this, the current vibes from the yard are promising.