Buck's backed as Fisher flops

  • Last Updated: December 21 2013, 17:40 GMT

At Fishers Cross flopped at Ascot and that's seen Big Buck's harden at the top of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle market.

At Fishers Cross: Failed to complete at Ascot
At Fishers Cross: Failed to complete at Ascot

Reve de Sivola took the Long Walk Hurdle for the second year running as he coped best with the gluepot conditions at Ascot on Saturday afternoon while his rivals made a series of mistakes.

At Fishers Cross was already held when unshipping Tony McCoy at the last and the bookmakers now seem very happy to oppose him ahead of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Festival.

Rebecca Curtis' charge is now a general 14/1 to take the staying crown while Paddy Power and Sky Bet put up 16/1 about Reve De Sivola, who may head to Cheltenham without a further run.

Big Buck's, who had a racecourse gallop at Exeter earlier in the week, remains a 3/1 chance with Ladbrokes though a number of bookmakers including William Hill and Boylesports have trimmed him to a point shorter.

William Hill are offering 9/2 about the horse going unbeaten this term and spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "There's been strong support for Big Buck's for the World Hurdle since he worked well at Exeter in the week and after a dismal display from At Fishers Cross, Big Buck's will only grow in popularity for the Cheltenham Festival."

Stan James reported that Ascot Silver Cup winner Houblon Des Obeaux has two plausible options later in the season.

Spokesman, Rory Jiwani added: "We've left Venetia Williams' charge unchanged at 20/1 for the JLT Chase at the Festival but we cut him from 40/1 to 25/1 for the Grand National.

"He may not be the best jumper but he is certainly tough and looks made for marathon trips although connections indicated Aintree may not be on the agenda next April."

Stan James also added Willow's Saviour to their County Hurdle betting after Dan Skelton's charge landed a gamble in The Ladbroke, winning comfortably off a feather weight to earn a 12/1 quote for the Cheltenham handicap.

Over in Ireland, Willie Mullins continued to bring his Festival aspirants to the boil and Valseur Lido duly landed odds of 1/12 in the opening Novice event on the Navan card.

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle could be a likely target at the Festival and the sponsors are presently 25/1 about his chance although Ladbrokes were impressed enough to chalk up 14/1.

  • Posted at 1730 GMT on 21/12/2013.