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
10/10started in the first four in the betting
9/10had previously run at the Cheltenham Festival
9/10had won their most recent start


World Hurdle Trends Analysis

Grade 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).
YearHorseAgeTrainerJockeyPrice
2014More Of That6yo JJ ONeillB Geraghty15/2
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



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.


World Hurdle Tips

OLBG member InsideMan fancies SAPHIR DU RHEU to continue Paul Nicholls’ excellent record in the World Hurdle:

“SAPHIR DU RHEU is taking a very similar route to Big Bucks. He has tried chasing and he hasn't seemed to like it. It's not a simple case of just that though as he does set a really good standard on his Cleeve hurdle win and there could be more to come from him. I think we'll see Rock On Ruby go off in front and if he stays he could be tough to catch but I still expect Saphir to run a huge race and hopefully win at nice odds of 5/1.”

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