Buck's cut with Solwhit out
Big Buck's is now 9/4 favourite with Sky Bet for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle following the news reigning champion Solwhit will miss the race.
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Charles Byrnes' charge, who took the Cheltenham crown in the absence of the four-times winner last season, is expected to miss the whole of the current campaign following a setback and has been removed from the betting by all firms.
Big Buck's is expected to make his return from a spell on the sidelines in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on January 25 and had won the previous four runnings of the Grade One feature.
Annie Power is second favourite at 4/1 with the Leeds-based firm ahead of More Of That (6/1) and Boston Bob (9/1).
The latter, a stablemate of Annie Power's, is set to stay over hurdles for the remainder of the season, rider Ruby Walsh telling Racing UK: "He was very impressive on New Year's Eve at Punchestown. He won as he liked there and Willie is leaning towards the hurdle route."