Farclas and Jack Kennedy (left) win the Triumph Hurdle, from Mr Adjudicator (white cap)
Ireland continued their festival domination with a one-two-three in a messy running of the JCB Triumph Hurdle, with the Gordon Elliott-trained Farclas leading home Mr Adjudicator and Sayo for Willie Mullins.
The grey, who had finished second on his last two starts, including in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle behind Mr Adjudicator last time, was keen – as many of them were – early on, but came through to lead after the last in a sprint finish.
The 9-1 shot was giving Gordon Elliott his seventh win of the festival and jockey Jack Kennedy his fourth.
It was also a sixth win of the week for Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud after the victories of Samcro, Tiger Roll, Shattered Love, Delta Work and Balko Des Flos.
Stormy Ireland led the field for most of the way and was keen in the lead, with Sussex Ranger, who was one of the first off the bridle, and Sayo also close up.
Adonis winner Redicean travelled well but failed to pick up in the straight on his first start in the pink and purple Thompson colours, while Mr Adjudicator, who didn’t jump with much fluency, was in last position for most of the journey.
Of the winner, Kennedy said: “He’s been running very well in his last two races and improving all the time. Gordon had him spot on today.
“He has done so well with these horses – it’s unreal. He just leaves no stone unturned, his attention to detail is second to none.”
Apple’s Shakira, the well-backed 6-5 favourite, sat just behind the pace but couldn’t pick up, eventually finishing fourth.
Stormy Ireland, who took a heavy fall at the final flight, was unscathed.
This race report is being updated and more news will follow shortly.