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  • on 28.02.2012
  • at 12:26 PM
  • by KT

Ladbrokes World Hurdle Betting Preview & Odds

The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is a Grade 1 hurdle race for horses aged four years and older. It is the third Championship race of the Cheltenham Festival and run over a 3 mile trip.

The race was first run in 1972 and was known as the Stayers Hurdle, until bookmaker Ladbrokes became the sponsors of the race in 2005 and the race has since been known as the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Big Bucks has won the race for the last 3 years, whilst other multiple Word Hurdle winners are not unusual. That said only one other horse, Inglis Drever, has won the World Hurdle on 3 separate occasions (2005, 2007 and 2008).

Paul Nicholls will look to become the first trainer to win the race four times, when he saddles up Big Bucks again this year. There are two other trainers that also have three World Hurdle victories to their name; Fulke Walwyn and Howard Johnson.

Big Bucks’ most recent Word Hurdle victory was undoubtedly his toughest to date; just getting up to get the better of Grands Crus under jockey Ruby Walsh. This year RSA Chase glory, meaning that punters will be deprived of a rematch at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle Trends

  • No horse older than 9 has won the World Hurdle since 1986.
  • No five year old has ever won the World Hurdle.
  • No Irish-trained winner for 17 years.
  • 6 of the last 10 renewals have been won by French bred horses.
  • 16 of the last 18 winners were in action at the previous Cheltenham Festival.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle Odds

Ladbrokes World Hurdle Tips

Again the betting for the World Hurdle is dominated by the favourite Big Bucks. After winning his last 15 starts in hurdles races over this sort of trip he is a worthy favourite and if you fancy him to go on and win an unprecedented fourth World Hurdle then the 8/13 won’t put you off. Should Paul Nicholls prepare Big Bucks as well as expected then it would take a brave man to bet against him.

But in a race like this, with such a short-priced favourite, there must be value to be had further down the field, even if you are looking for a horse to place at a big price.

This leads us to horses such as Dynaste and Mourad…

The David Pipe trained Dynaste comes from the same yard as last year’s runner up and is relatively unexposed at this trip. The gelding has been beaten by Big Bucks on his last two runs, but at a price of around 14/1 may represent some value if he can make 2nd or 3rd.

Mourad won the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on heavy ground – meaning that stamina would not be of any concern come World Hurdle day. The horse finished 3rd in the 2009 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and trainer Willie Mullins suggested that Mourad is more suited to better ground, so a price of around 16/1 may represent a good value each-way bet.

But our main tip for the race has to be Oscar Whisky which represents a great alternative to Big Bucks and may push Nicholls’ runner all the way at a great price!

Other Cheltenham Festival Race Previews

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle »
Arkle Chase »
*Champion Hurdle »

Day 2 (Wednesday)

RSA Chase »
*Queen Mother Champion Chase »

Day 3 (Thursday)

Ryanair Chase »
*Ladbrokes World Hurdle »

Day 4 (Friday)

*Cheltenham Gold Cup »

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