The World Hurdle 2016

Why a staying hurdle should capture the race going and punting public is beyond me but the fact is, the World Hurdle as it is currently known is one of the jewels in the crown, an epic battle of stamina with a touch of speed all mixed in with plenty of guts, so everything is needed to succeed here.

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Thistlecrack
Thistlecrack 4/1 2/1 2/1 2/1 3/1 6/4 2/1
Annie Power
Annie Power 5/1 7/1 5/1 5/1
Vroum Vroum Mag
Vroum Vroum Mag 7/1 8/1 10/1 8/1 6/1 8/1
Nichols Canyon
Nichols Canyon 8/1 8/1 8/1 10/1 8/1 7/1 10/1
Un De Sceaux
Un De Sceaux 16/1 10/1 10/1 5/1
Yorkhill
Yorkhill 8/1 14/1 12/1 10/1 16/1
Alpha Des Obeaux
Alpha Des Obeaux 10/1 14/1 10/1 10/1 16/1
Apples Jade
Apples Jade 16/1 16/1 8/1 8/1
Shaneshill
Shaneshill 12/1 14/1 10/1 14/1
Yanworth
Yanworth 16/1 12/1 12/1 14/1 10/1
Jezki
Jezki 12/1 14/1 16/1 14/1 14/1 14/1 16/1
Bellshill
Bellshill 16/1 16/1 12/1
The New One
The New One 14/1 16/1 16/1 16/1
Barters Hill
Barters Hill 16/1 16/1 16/1 16/1 16/1
One Track Mind
One Track Mind 16/1 16/1 14/1 20/1
Unowhatimeanharry
Unowhatimeanharry 16/1 14/1 20/1 16/1 20/1 16/1 25/1
Different Gravey
Different Gravey 12/1 40/1 20/1
Rawnaq
Rawnaq 33/1 12/1 33/1
Cole Harden
Cole Harden 20/1 25/1 33/1 33/1 33/1
If In Doubt
If In Doubt 33/1 33/1 33/1
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As is often the case at Cheltenham the role call of winners is a veritable who’s who of the great horses with names such as Baracouda, Inglis Drever, and more recently Big Buck’s engraved on the perpetual trophy.

Various high profile sponsors have been involved over the years including Lloyds Bank, Waterford Crystal (spectacular keepsakes in those days), and George Ward (via Bonusprint), where it used to be known as the Stayers Hurdle, a less exciting moniker perhaps but an accurate one all the same. 

Perhaps it is only a matter of time before it is renamed the Big Buck’s World Hurdle (or something very similar) after the Paul Nicholls trained gelding, officially the highest rated horse in training off a rating of 174, as he would have been looking to win the race for the fifth time in succession next March until injury struck and was later retired.

Big Bucks is almost personally responsible for the good record of favourites this century (five winning favourites and one joint favourite from the last eleven renewals), and not one winner at a double figure price since Anzum at odds of 40/1 back in 1999. 

Inglis Drever won it three times for Howard Johnston while Baracouda proved the French can train a stayer after all for Francois Doumen by taking the race in both 2002 and 2003.