3 miles and 12 hurdles at a very decent pace. A specialists race which requires a unique type of horse to win.
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|10/10||returned an SP of 17/2 or less|
|10/10|| finished first or second on all hurdle starts that season|
|10/10||had no more than four runs since August of that season|
|10/10||had won a Graded hurdle|
|10/10||started in the first four in the betting|
|9/10||had previously run at the Cheltenham Festival|
|9/10||had won their most recent start|
World Hurdle Trends AnalysisGrade One Or Two winning form and Cheltenham Festival experience
appear to be very desirable criteria and this should narrow the candidates down to a very manageable number.
We should perhaps treat the rest of the trends for this race with caution
given that seven of the years concerned relate to Big Bucks and Inglis Drever's winning years and it may be difficult for any of the new contenders to match up.
World Hurdle Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2014||More Of That||6yo|
|JJ ONeill||B Geraghty||15/2|
|2013||Solwhit||8yo||C Byrnes||P Carberry||17/2|
|2012||Big Bucks||9yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||5/6F|
|2011||Big Bucks||8yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||10/11F|
|2010||Big Bucks||7yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||5/6F|
|2009||Big Bucks||6yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||4/11F|
|2008||Inglis Drever||9yo||JH Johnson||D ORegan||11/8F|
|2007||Inglis Drever||8yo||JH Johnson||P Brennan||5/1|
|2006||My Way De Solzen||6yo||A King||R Thornton||8/1|
|2005||Inglis Drever||6yo||JH Johnson||G Lee||5/1|
World Hurdle Preview
No horse had won the World Hurdle three years in a row before Big Bucks smashed that record in 2011 but Paul Nicholls' wonder horse defied the stats men yet again when taking the Stayers Hurdle for the fourth consecutive year in 2012.
Shocks are rare in this race
with Anzum's 40/1 victory in 1999 something of a one off in recent years so its probably best to focus on the principles in the betting market.
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