The Adonis Hurdle has always been considered an important Trial for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. If anything that position has been reinforced since the introduction of the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle to the Festival in 2005.
Penzanace won both races in 2005, while the winners in 2011, Zarakandar, and 2010, Soldatino made British debuts in this before doubling up in the Triumph 20 days later. Since 1988 six horses have won both the Adonis and Triumph; Mysilv, Katarino, Snow Drop, Penzance, Soldatino and Zarkandar.
Punjabi and Binocular both won this is their four year old season and added the Champion Hurdle as six year olds.
While it was fences which brought out the best of, the Martin Pipe trained Arkle winner, Well Chief he did win this in 2003, meaning that 6 future Cheltenham Festival grade 1 winners have emerged from the race in the last eleven years.
Adonis Hurdle Winners2003-2014
Paul Nicholls has trained 3/10 winners all since 2009
Nicky Henderson has trained 3/10 winners but none since 2010
All of Henderson's winners won Grade 1 races at the Cheltenham Festival - Binocular had a bit of a wait !
During the last deacde winners running in the Triumph have finished 1F4119