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.
|Vroum Vroum Mag|
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|Alpha Des Obeaux|
|Alpha Des Obeaux||10/1||14/1||10/1||10/1||16/1|
|Un De Sceaux|
|Un De Sceaux||16/1||10/1||16/1||12/1|
|The New One|
|The New One||16/1||16/1||16/1||14/1|
|One Track Mind|
|One Track Mind||16/1||14/1||16/1||20/1|
|If In Doubt|
|If In Doubt||33/1||33/1||33/1|
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.