Ladbrokes World Hurdle (grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 14 runners)
  • Winner £148,226
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 49.40s
  • Off time: 15:20:14

Full Result

15:20 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Big Buck's (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-10 R Walsh 5/6f
SP 5/6f Held up in mid-division, smooth headway to track leaders 3 out, cruised through to join leader between last 2, led narrowly when not fluent last, asserted to go clear flat opened 4/5 touched 10/11 £50000-£50000 £10000-£10000 £5000-£5000(x2) £3000-£3000(x2) £2000-£2000 £1000-£1000(x6) £3000-£3300 £1000-£1100(x4) £2000-£2400
2nd 13 Time For Rupert (IRE) P R Webber 6 11-10 W Kennedy 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders, headway to lead 3 out, joined by winner between last 2, headed narrowly last, soon ridden and kept on, no pace of winner
3rd 11 10 Powerstation (IRE) E O'Connell 10 11-10 A J Mcnamara 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, headway on outside approaching 2 out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd before last, no impression on leading pair £40000-£1000
4th ½ 6 Karabak (FR) A King 7 11-10 A P McCoy 15/2
SP 15/2 Held up in mid-division, headway 3 out, effort on inside over 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, stayed on under pressure flat, no impression opened 8/1 touched 7/1 £40000-£5000 £3200-£400
5th ½ 4 Ebadiyan (IRE) P O Brady 5 11-10 J Cullen 66/1
SP 66/1 Disputed 2nd to 4th, tracked leaders, driven and outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, kept on approaching last, no impression £20000-£200 £10000-£100
6th 9 Oscar Dan Dan (IRE) T Mullins 8 11-10 P Carberry 80/1
SP 80/1 Held up towards rear on outside, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on under pressure approaching last, never troubled leaders
7th ½ 12 Tidal Bay (IRE) J Howard Johnson 9 11-10 D F O'Regan 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next £40000-£5000
8th 3 3 Cousin Vinny (IRE) W P Mullins 7 11-10 Paul Townend 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up towards rear on outside, headway 8th, ridden to chase leaders 2 out, soon no impression opened 28/1
9th 12 8 Lie Forrit (IRE) W Amos 6 11-10 C I Gillies 40/1
SP 40/1 Chased leaders on inside, outpaced 3 out, weakened next
10th 4 5 Fair Along (GER) P J Hobbs 8 11-10 p R Flint 50/1
SP 50/1 Tracked leader, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened next
11th 11 7 Katchit (IRE) A King 7 11-10 R Thornton 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, effort under pressure 2 out, soon ridden, weakened last opened 16/1 £20000-£1000
12th 14 War Of Attrition (IRE) M F Morris 11 11-10 p D N Russell 20/1
SP 20/1 Led, headed narrowly 3 out, ridden and outpaced after next, lost place between last 2, soon weakened, eased approaching last opened 28/1 £12500-£500
13th 25 2 Cape Tribulation J M Jefferson 6 11-10 P Kinsella 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up towards rear, hit 8th, driven and outpaced 3 out, weakened next opened 66/1 £40000-£500
PU 11 Sentry Duty (FR) N J Henderson 8 11-10 B J Geraghty 12/1
SP 12/1 In rear, mistake 7th, 10th and beaten when mistake 2 out, pulled up before last

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.90 Tote Place £1.10 £3.20 £6.10 Straight Forecast £14.22 Exacta £14.70 Trifecta £252.10 Swingers 1&2 £5.50, 2&3 £31.80, 1&3 £11.90

Jackpot £269,605.38 carried forward to Cheltenham, 19th Mar
Placepot £1,180.70, Pool: £892566.8, 551.85 winning tickets
Quadpot £21.40, Pool: £48797.25, 1681.47 winning tickets

Analysis

BIG BUCK'S became the first odds-on favourite of the week to oblige and he did it in style under an ultra-cool Ruby Walsh. The Festival's winning-most jockey sat motionless throughout on the imposing son of Cadoudal and he simply laughed at his rivals. Time For Rupert was the only one to mount any sort of challenge and as he was being pumped up the hill Big Buck's was lobbing along without appearing to try. Walsh waited until after the last to push him clear and he responded to win by a cosy three and a quarter lengths. He's 7-4 with Hills to win a third World Hurdle and barring injury he could be a shoo-in. Time For Rupert ran a super race and could go chasing now, while Cheltenham specialist Powerstation kept on well for third. Tidal Bay was never travelling while Karabak and Sentry Duty folded tamely.