Quevega favourite to rule the World

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 17:43 GMT

Willie Mullins' Quevega is favourite with most layers for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after the entries were released.

Quevega: World Hurdle favourite

The talented mare has won the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at the last four Festivals and she is odds-on favourite for that race again.

Nevertheless, with four-time World Hurdle winner Big Buck's sidelined for the rest of the season, she heads the market for both races with her options open.

Quevega is as short as 3/1 favourite with Boylesports and as big as 7/1 at Sportingbet.

Nicky Henderson's Oscar Whisky is general second-favourite and is market leader in places, Stan James going as short as 5/1 and Ladbrokes as big as 7s.

He remains prolific over two-and-a-half miles but is still to prove he stays three, something Reve De Sivola has done on several occasions, most notably last time in the Long Walk Hurdle.

Nick Williams' charge is generally 8/1, the same price as Monksland who won the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on his latest start.

Tidal Bay is also entered in the Gold Cup after his win in the Lexus Chase over the festive period but he could revert to timber at the Festival in the absence of stablemate Big Buck's and he is also an 8/1 chance.

Classy dual-purpose performer Rite Of Passage hasn't run over hurdles since he was third to Peddlers Cross in the 2010 Neptune and he is an intriguing entry for Dermot Weld.

10/1 is the best price in the village about him, with Blue Square as short as 7s.

Peddlers Cross himself is a general 10/1 chance, with Grands Crus 14/1 though he is also entered in the Ryanair Chase and Gold Cup.

The one that has been backed today is Willie Mullins' Thousand Stars, cut to 16/1 from 20/1 generally.