World Hurdle

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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World Hurdle Trends

10/10returned an SP of 17/2 or less
10/10 finished first or second on all hurdle starts that season
10/10had no more than four runs since August of that season
10/10had won a Graded hurdle
10/10had previously run at the Cheltenham Festival
7/10had between eight and twenty runs over hurdles
7/10 were aged six to eight

World Hurdle Trends Analysis

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.

Grade One Or Two winning form and Cheltenham Festival experience also look to be essential criteria and this should narrow the candidates down to a very manageable number.

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.

Unfortunately Big Bucks was not be able to defend his crown last year but will he make a triumphant return in 2014?

We should perhaps treat 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).
2013Solwhit8yoC ByrnesP Carberry17/2
2012Big Bucks9yoP NichollsR Walsh5/6F
2011Big Bucks8yoP NichollsR Walsh10/11F
2010Big Bucks7yoP NichollsR Walsh5/6F
2009Big Bucks6yoP NichollsR Walsh4/11F
2008Inglis Drever9yoJH JohnsonD ORegan11/8F
2007Inglis Drever8yoJH JohnsonP Brennan5/1
2006My Way De Solzen6yoA KingR Thornton8/1
2005Inglis Drever6yoJH JohnsonG Lee5/1
2004Iriss Gift7yo JJ ONeillB Geraghty9/2

World Hurdle Preview

Sure to be one of the races of the Festival with Big Bucks trying to win back the crown he won four times running from 2009 until 2012.

The former champ would be a hugely popular winner but it remains to be seen if he retains all of his old ability.

World Hurdle Tips

Big Bucks' stablemate SALUBRIOUS won at the Festival last year and with question marks over a number of the contenders at the head of the betting he could offer some each-way value.

SALUBRIOUS has put up some excellent performances this season and looked particularly unlucky when making a mistake at a crucial time in the best World Hurdle trial, the Long Walk at Ascot.

Paul Nicholls has stated that SALUBRIOUS is at his best when help up off a strong pace, something he should get in the World Hurdle and he can reward each-way support here.

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