Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 14 runners)
  • Winner £148,226
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 56.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:20

Full Result

15:20 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Big Buck's (FR) P F Nicholls 6 11-10 R Walsh 6/1
SP 6/1 Held up towards rear, hit 7th, headway approaching 2 out, went 2nd after 2 out, challenging when mistake last, led flat, edged left towards finish, stayed on well opened 13/2 £35000-£5000 £3000-£500 £10000-£1400(x2) £26000-£4000 £10000-£1500
2nd 11 Punchestowns (FR) N J Henderson 6 11-10 B J Geraghty 10/3
SP 10/3 In touch, not fluent 5th, closed 7th, led approaching 2 out, ridden and pressed last, edged left and headed flat, held when switched right towards finish opened 3/1 touched 7/2 £14000-£4000(x2) £20000-£6000 £17500-£5000 £7000-£2000 £4900-£1400 £3500-£1000 £3333-£1000(x2)
3rd 17 10 Powerstation (IRE) E O'Connell 9 11-10 A J Mcnamara 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, hit 5th, headway 9th, hit next, every chance 2 out, outpaced before last, weakened, went 3rd flat opened 33/1
4th 5 Kasbah Bliss (FR) F Doumen 7 11-10 C Pieux 10/11f
SP 10/11f Held up in rear, headway 9th, challenging 2 out, outpaced by front pair when went left and hit last, weakened and lost 3rd flat opened 11/10 £7500-£6000 £6000-£5000(x3) £11000-£10000 £1000-£1100(x3) £5000-£5000(x11) £1500-£1500 £10000-£11000 £5000-£4000 £3500-£2000 £3600-£3000 £2400-£2000 £1200-£1000(x2) £4400-£4000 £2200-£2000(x2) £1650-£1500(x2) £20000-£20000 £10000-£10000(x2) £8000-£8000 £3500-£3500 £2500-£2500 £2000-£2000(x8) £1380-£1380 £1200-£1200 £1000-£1000(x20) £5000-£5500 £2000-£2200
5th 5 6 Mighty Man (FR) H D Daly 9 11-10 S Thomas 28/1
SP 28/1 Chased leaders, squeezed along after 3 out, weakened well before last opened 25/1
6th hd 14 Whatuthink (IRE) O McKiernan 7 11-10 b1 D N Russell 100/1
SP 100/1 Led, not fluent 2nd, hit 8th, 9th and 10th, headed 3 out, still well there 2 out, weakened approaching last
7th 7 Mobaasher (USA) P F Nicholls 6 11-10 bt Christian Williams 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before 2 out opened 25/1 touched 40/1
8th 3 Blazing Bailey A King 7 11-10 b R Thornton 28/1
SP 28/1 In touch, miskes 5th and 8th, outpaced 9th, struggling from 3 out opened 25/1
9th 4 Fair Along (GER) P J Hobbs 7 11-10 R Johnson 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened well before last opened 12/1 £16000-£1000
10th 8 No Refuge (IRE) J Howard Johnson 9 11-10 D F O'Regan 100/1
SP 100/1 In rear, stepped at 1st, losing touch 9th
11th 5 9 Pettifour (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 7 11-10 P J Brennan 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway after 9th, weakened approaching 2 out
12th 16 13 Tazbar (IRE) K G Reveley 7 11-10 J Reveley 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in rear, pushed along and last 6th, losing touch from 9th
13th 12 Shakervilz (FR) W P Mullins 6 11-10 P Townend 50/1
SP 50/1 Chased leader, led 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened after 2 out
14th 27 1 Afsoun (FR) N J Henderson 7 11-10 D Elsworth 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, lost place 8th, well behind 3 out, tailed off

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.70 Tote Place £1.80,£1.60,£3.90 Straight Forecast £25.02 Exacta £19.10 Trifecta £717.40 Swingers 1&2:£2.40 2&3:£11.80 1&3:£13.50

Jackpot £60,012.58 carried forward to Cheltenham, 13th Mar
Placepot £537.00, Pool: £863109.0, 1173.15 winning tickets
Quadpot £41.40, Pool: £35912.47, 640.5 winning tickets


The Cleeve Hurdle one-two fought out the finish again and Paul Nicholls' BIG BUCK'S upheld trials day form with Nicky Henderson's Punchestowns. Held up by Ruby Walsh as 100-1 outsider Whatuthink took them along, Big Buck's was produced quietly by the Irishman who made his move two out. Barry Geraghty kicked on Punchestowns just before Walsh made his move, with both riders aware of odds-on favourite Kasbah Bliss who was in their slipstream. The French horse found nothing, though, and was caught for third on the run-in by Powerstation. Francois Doumen was gracious in defeat, and offered no excuses, but his horse didn't look at his best here and could be better than he showed. Whether it was his true running or not, the first two were in a different league today and delivered a memorable renewal of the World Hurdle. Big Buck's looked to have handed the initiative to his rival when hitting the final flight, but regained his rhythm quickly and asserted inside the final furlong. Nicholls' decision to send him hurdling was certainly vindicated and he might not tackle a fence next season now as he could come back to defend his crown. Punchestowns will go novice chasing and he could be a fearsome force in that division.