Ladbrokes World Hurdle
3m, Class 1
|Thursday 13th March 2014|
Big Buck’s and Annie Power Head World Hurdle Entries
The Ladbrokes World Hurdle looks set to be a highlight of The Festival with four-time winner Big Buck’s (Paul Nicholls) and unbeaten Irish mare Annie Power (Willie Mullins) headlining 16 six-day acceptors. Ladbrokes make Annie Power favourite ahead of Big Buck’s, who is attempting to return to winning ways following a close third on his comeback from a leg injury in the Galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day, January 25.
Big Buck's came in third in the Cleeve Hurdle on his return from a 14-month absence, which ended an 18-race winning run, and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies came in for some criticism following the defeat.
Nicholls, however, remains bullish on the 11-year-old's chances ahead of the World Hurdle and offered his support to Twiston-Davies, with Big Buck's seeking a fifth victory in the showpiece event.
Speaking at a media session organised by Cheltenham at his Ditcheat yard, he said: "Big Buck's came in late and we did all we could to win first time out. When they have had leg trouble, you train with the hand-brake on a little bit, so he was always going to need the run.
"Sam got some criticism for the ride but not from me - he rode exactly how I wanted him to at Cheltenham. Ruby (Walsh) rang me that evening and said he would have ridden the horse exactly the same way. Lack of match practice beat him.
"It wasn't a disaster - he just got a bit tired halfway up the run-in. If a footballer comes back, you can play him for 30 minutes or so but with horses you can't do that.
"He lost 10 kilos after Cheltenham and it tightened him up but he ran as good a first race of the season as he has ever done. If anyone thought we would have him at his best in January they were wrong - there's only one day we want him to be back to his best for and that's March 13.
"He has bloomed in the last 10 days and I'm thrilled with him."
Ruby Walsh partnered Big Buck's in his 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Hurdle successes but Twiston-Davies is set to take the ride this year, with Walsh set to partner the Willie Mullins-trained Annie Power.
Ruby Walsh is confident the step up to three miles will not be a problem for Annie Power.
The potential Festival target of Willie Mullins' unbeaten mare has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks, with the Champion Hurdle over two miles, the OLBG Mares' Hurdle over two and a half and the three-mile World Hurdle all considered.
Ireland's champion trainer finally confirmed on Sunday his six-year-old would step up in distance at Cheltenham, and Walsh feels connections have made the right call.
He said: "I think she will stay. Her pedigree is all stamina. She's out of an Old Vic mare and she's by Shirocco.
"The further she goes, the more it'll suit her, but you can't really be certain until she goes and does it.
"She's never run over three miles, but things had to be considered and that's where we feel she has her best chance.
"Willie has asked my opinion and everything had to be weighed up and we all felt it is the right race for her.
"There are four or five outstanding horses in the Champion Hurdle and maybe two, possibly three, in the World Hurdle."
Walsh partnered Big Buck's in each of his four World Hurdle triumphs and was successful on 18 of the 19 times he rode the 11-year-old.
"He's a hell of a good horse and he'll be very hard to beat," Walsh told Racing UK.
"I've had 10 months to come to terms that I wouldn't be riding him so I've put that out of my mind."
Mullins has also entered Grade One-winning hurdlers Thousand Stars, Boston Bob and Quevega.
The seven-year-old looked a staying hurdler to be reckoned with when winning at Cheltenham and Aintree last spring, but disappointed on his first two starts of the new campaign in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury and the Long Walk at Ascot.
Rebecca Curtis' stable star looked much more like his old self when going down by a short-head to shock winner Knockara Beau in Saturday's Cleeve Hurdle, finishing ahead of the returning Big Buck's and earning himself a return to Cheltenham in March.
Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said: "It was nice to see At Fishers Cross come back to himself. It was a nice run and he has come out of the race good. He'll go straight there now."
The six-year-old is unbeaten in four career starts, but sprang to prominence when impressively winning the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham in December.
He has not been seen since, but is as low as 6-1 for the staying hurdle championship event at the Festival.
O'Neill, however, has indicated that More Of That may wait for the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.
"More Of That might go for the Liverpool race but if he's in good health he could go to Cheltenham," said the Jackdaws Castle handler.
"There's still a long way to go before Cheltenham yet.
"We decided to give him a break after he won the Relkeel, that was the plan, then the aim was to get him right for Cheltenham.
"He's had a few little problems, but he seems in good form now."
Trainer Mouse Morris has confirmed Rule The World will head straight for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle following his impressive display at Naas on January 18.
The seven-year-old chased home leading Champion Hurdle contender The New One in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at last year's Festival before suffering a potentially life-threatening pelvic injury at Punchestown in April.
He recovered remarkably quickly, however, making a winning comeback at Naas in October before running with credit in Grade One events at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, and looked better than ever when winning last weekend's Limestone Lad Hurdle.
"He's come out of the race well. There's not a bother on him," said Morris.
"It was a good performance on the day. He quickened up nicely and he could do no more than win the way he did, so hopefully he's on the way back.
"Making the running wasn't ideal, but at the same time it will do him no harm. It was good education for him.
"He'll go straight for the World Hurdle now and better ground in Cheltenham should suit him well."
Morris will be keeping a close eye on the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham, with four-times World Hurdle hero Big Buck's due to make his return from over a year on the sidelines with injury.
"We'll see how he runs this weekend. He is obviously the one (to beat). We'll just keep our fingers crossed all goes well with our horse," said Morris.
Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade 1)
£275,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
|111-4U2||At Fishers Cross (IRE)||7||11-10||Miss R Curtis|
|1111/1-3||Big Buck's (FR)||11||11-10||P F Nicholls|
|11FF-16||Boston Bob (IRE)||9||11-10||W P Mullins|
|26-1613||Celestial Halo (IRE)||10||11-10||P F Nicholls|
|121-231||Mala Beach (IRE)||6||11-10||G Elliott|
|411P-22||Medinas (FR)||7||11-10||A King|
|1-111||More Of That (IRE)||6||11-10||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2-01314||Reve de Sivola (FR)||9||11-10||Nick Williams|
|2P-1421||Rule The World||7||11-10||M F Morris|
|115-222||Salubrious (IRE)||7||11-10||P F Nicholls|
|32-4052||Thousand Stars (FR)||10||11-10||W P Mullins|
|32-4033||Trustan Times (IRE)||8||11-10||T D Easterby|
|41-2222||Zarkandar (IRE)||7||11-10||P F Nicholls|
|111-111||Annie Power (IRE)||6||11-3||W P Mullins|
|U51132||Mickie||6||11-3||H D Daly|
|1111/11-||Quevega (FR)||10||11-3||W P Mullins|
LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE PAST RESULTS
2013-WINNER-SOLWHIT 9-11-10 Owner-Top Of The Hill Syndicate; Trainer-Charles Byrnes IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-17/2
2ND-Celestial Halo 9-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-40/1
3RD-Smad Place 6-11-10 Owner-Mrs Peter Andrews Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-9/1
13 ran, Time-6m 24.94s; Dist-2½, 3 9/4 Fav Oscar Whisky (PU)
2012-WINNER-BUG BUCK’S 9-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP- 5/6F
2ND-Voler La Vedette 8-11-03 Owner-Mrs M Brophy; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-20/1
3RD-Smad Place 5-11-10 Owner-Mrs Peter Andrews; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-20/1
11 ran, Time-5m 44.20s; Dist-1¾, 7
2011-WINNER-BUG BUCK’S 8-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP- 10/11F
2ND-Grands Crus 6-11-10 Owner-Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds III; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-7/2 3RD-Mourad 6-11-10 Owner Teahon Consulting Limited; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-8/1
13 ran, Time-5m 50.80s; Dist-13⁄4, 23⁄4
2010-WINNER-BIG BUCK’S 7-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nichols; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-5/6 Fav
2ND-Time For Rupert 6-11-10 Owner-Littlecote Racing Partnership; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Will Kennedy; SP-16/1
3RD-Powerstation 10-11-10 Owner-Fat Frog Syndicate; Trainer-Eamon O’Connell IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-33/1
14 ran, Time-5m 49.40s; Dist-3.25, 11
2009-WINNER-BIG BUCK’S 6-11-10 Owner-The Stewart Family; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-6/1
2ND-Punchestowns 6-11-10 Owner-Judy Wilson; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-100/30
3RD-Powerstation 9-11-10 Owner-Fat Frog Syndicate; Trainer-Eamon O’Connell IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-25/1
14 ran, Time 5m 57.00s; Dist 1.75, 17 10/11 Fav Kasbah Bliss (4th)
2008-WINNER-INGLIS DREVER 9-11-10 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Denis O’Regan; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Kasbah Bliss 6-11-10 Owner-Henri De Pracomtal; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Christophe Pieux; SP-9/1
3RD-Kazal 7-11-10 Owner- Joseph Comerford; Trainer-Eoin Griffin IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-12/1
17 ran, Time-5m 52.90s; Dist-1, 7
2007-WINNER-INGLIS DREVER 8-11-10 Owner-Andrea & Graham
Wylie; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-5/1
2ND-Mighty Man 7-11-10 Owner-Joss Hanbury; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-100/30
3RD-Blazing Bailey 5-11-10 Owner-Three Line Whip; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-8/1
14 ran, Time-5m 46.50s; Dist-3/4, 4 2/1 Fav Black Jack Ketchum (Fell)
2006-WINNER-MY WAY DE SOLZEN 6-11-10 Owner-B Winfield,
A Longman, J Wright & C Fenton; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert
2ND-Golden Cross 7-11-10 Owner-P Johnson; Trainer-Michael Halford IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-5/1
3RD-Mighty Man 6-11-10 Owner-Joss Hanbury; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-4/1 Fav
20 ran, Time-5m 38.40s; Dist-hd, 4
2005-WINNER-INGLIS DREVER 6-11-10 Owner-Andrea & Graham
Wylie; Trainer-Howard Johnson; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-5/1
2ND-Baracouda 10-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-6/5 Fav
3RD-Rule Supreme 9-11-10 Owner-John Fallon; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-David Casey; SP-4/1
12 ran, Time-5m 48.40s; Dist-3, 3/4
2004-WINNER-IRIS’S GIFT 7-11-10 Owner-Robert Lester; Trainer-Jonjo
O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/2
2ND-Baracouda 9-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-8/11 Fav
3RD-Crystal D’Ainay 5-11-10 Owner-Tony & Jeni Fisher; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-8/1
10 ran, Time-5m 49.80s; Dist-1½, 13
2003-WINNER-BARACOUDA 8-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen
FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-9/4 Jt Fav
2ND-Iris’s Gift 6-11-10 Owner-Robert Lester; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
3RD-Limestone Lad 11-11-10 Owner-James Bowe; Trainer-James Bowe IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-9/4 Jt Fav
11 ran, Time-5m 41.25s; Dist- 3/4, 5
2002-WINNER-BARACOUDA 7-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Francois Doumen
FR; Jockey-Thierry Doumen; SP-13/8 Fav
2ND-Bannow Bay 7-11-10 Owner-Linda Shanahan and Sue Magnier; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-2/1
3RD-It Takes Time 8-11-10 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-12/1
16 ran, Time-6m 01.70s; Dist-nk, 13
2000-WINNER-BACCHANAL 6-11-10 Owner-Lady Lloyd-Webber; Trainer-Nicky
Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-11/2
2ND-Limestone Lad 8-11-10 Owner-James Bowe; Trainer-James Bowe IRE; Jockey-Shane McGovern; SP-3/1
3RD-Behrajan 5-11-10 Owner-The Behrajan Partnership; Trainer-Henry Daly; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-8/1
10 ran, Time-5m 36.60s; Dist-1, 3 5/2 Fav Lady Rebecca (6th)
1999-WINNER-ANZUM 8-11-10 Owner-The Old Foresters Partnership; Trainer-David
Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-40/1
2ND-Le Coudray 5-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-2/1 Jt-Fav
3RD-Lady Rebecca 7-11-05 Owner-Kinnersley Optimists; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-3/1
12 ran, Time-5m 51.7s; Dist-nk, 2½ 2/1 Jt-Fav Deano’s Beeno (9th)
1998-WINNER-PRINCEFUL 7-11-10 Owner-Robert Hitchins; Trainer-Jenny Pitman;
Jockey-Rodney Farrant; SP-16/1
2ND-Splendid Thyne 6-11-10 Owner-John Glavanoni; Trainer-Terry Casey; Jockey-Warren Marston; SP-10/1
3RD-Ocean Hawk 6-11-10; Owner-Matt Archer & Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-5/1 9 ran, Time-5m 45.9s; Dist-2, 4 6/4 Fav Paddy’s Return (5th)
1997-WINNER-KARSHI 7-11-10 Owner-Lord Vestey; Trainer-Henrietta Knight;
Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-20/12ND-Anzum 6-11-10 Owner-The Old Foresters
Partnership; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-25/1
3RD-Paddy’s Return 5-11-10 Owner-Paddy O’Donnell; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-20/1
17 ran, Time-5m 43.9s, Dist-2½, 2 9/2 Fav Escartefigue (5th)
1996-WINNER-CYBORGO 6-11-10 Owner-County Stores (Somerset) Ltd; Trainer-Martin
Pipe; Jockey-David Bridgwater; SP-8/1
2ND-Mysilv 6-11-05 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-Charlie Egerton; Jockey-Jimmy McCarthy; SP-16/1
3RD-What A Question 8-11-05 Owner-Joy Valentine; Trainer-Mouse Morris IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-33/1
19 ran, Time-5m 47.3s, Dist-3/4, 10 4/1 Fav Derrymoyle (4th)
LADBROKES WORLD HURDLE ROLL OF HONOUR
(Ladbrokes World Hurdle from 2005, bonusprint.com Stayers’ Hurdle 2004, Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle 1991-2003, Waterford Crystal Stayers’ Hurdle 1978-90, Lloyds Bank Hurdle 1972-77)
Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
2013 Solwhit 9-11-10 Paul Carberry Charles Byrnes IRE Top Of The Hill Syndicate 17/2 13
2012 Big Buck’s 9-11-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls The Stewart Family 5/61F 11
2011 Big Buck’s 8-11-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls The Stewart Family 10/11F 13
2010 Big Buck’s 7-11-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls The Stewart Family 5/6F 14
2009 Big Buck’s 6-11-10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls The Stewart Family 6/1 14
2008 Inglis Drever 9-11-10 Denis O’Regan Howard Johnson Andrea & Graham Wylie 11/8F 17
2007 Inglis Drever 8-11-10 Paddy Brennan Howard Johnson Andrea & Graham Wylie 5/1 14
2006 My Way De Solzen 6-11-10 Robert Thornton Alan King B Winfield, A Longman, J Wright, C Fenton 8/1 20
2005 Inglis Drever 6-11-10 Graham Lee Howard Johnson Andrea & Graham Wylie 5/1 12
2004 Iris’s Gift 7-11-10 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O’Neill Robert Lester 9/2 10
2003 Baracouda 8-11-10 Thierry Doumen Francois Doumen FR J P McManus 9/4JF 11
2002 Baracouda 7-11-10 Thierry Doumen Francois Doumen FR J P McManus 13/8F 16
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Bacchanal 6-11-10 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson Lady Lloyd-Webber 11/2 10
1999 Anzum 8-11-10 Richard Johnson David Nicholson Old Foresters Partnership 40/1 12
1998 Princeful 7-11-10 Rodney Farrant Jenny Pitman Robert Hitchins 16/1 9
1997 Karshi 7-11-10 Jamie Osborne Henrietta Knight Lord Vestey 20/1 17
1996 Cyborgo 6-11-10 David Bridgwater Martin Pipe County Stores (Somerset) Holdings 8/1 19
1995 Dorans Pride 6-11-10 Shane Broderick Michael Hourigan IRE Tom Doran 11/4F 11
1994 Balasani 8-11-10 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe Mark Smith 9/2JF 14
1993 Shuil Ar Aghaidh7-11-05 Charlie Swan Paddy Kiely IRE Mrs Paddy Kiely 20/1 12
1992 Nomadic Way 7-11-10 Jamie Osborne Barry Hills Robert Sangster 15/2 17
1991 King’s Curate 7-11-10 Mark Perrett Stan Mellor C J Ells 5/2F 15
1990 Trapper John 6-11-10 Charlie Swan Mouse Morris IRE Jill Fanning 15/2 22
1989 Rustle 7-11-10 Michael Bowlby Nicky Henderson Robert Waley-Cohen 4/1 21
1988 Galmoy 9-11-10 Tommy Carmody John Mulhern IRE Miss D Threadwell 2/1F 16
1987 Galmoy 8-11-10 Tommy Carmody John Mulhern IRE Miss D Threadwell 9/2 14
1986 Crimson Embers 11-11-10 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn Sally Smart 12/1 19
1985 Rose Ravine 6-11-05 Ricky Pusey Fulke Walwyn Sally Smart 5/1F 22
1984 Gaye Chance 9-11-10 Sam Morshead Mercy Rimell Mary Curtis 5/1 14
1983 A Kinsman 7-11-12 Geordie Dun John Brockbank Mrs John Brockbank 50/1 21
1982 Crimson Embers 7-11-12 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn Sally Smart 2/1F 11
1981 Derring Rose 6-11-12 John Francome Fred Winter Peter Savill 3/1 14
1980 Mountrivers 6-11-12 Tommy Ryan Edward O’Grady IRE B Burser 7/1 19
1979 Lighter 6-11-12 Philip Blacker John Edwards G Smith 14/1 14
1978 Flame Gun 6-11-12 Mr Niall Madden Edward O’Grady IRE Mary Kenny 14/1 13
1977 Town Ship 6-11-12 Tommy Carberry Peter Easterby Pat Muldoon 5/2 11
1976 Bit Of A Jig 8-11-12 Dessie Hughes Mick O’Toole IRE Mrs Mick O’Toole 2/1F 12
1975 Brown Lad 9-11-12 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper IRE Mrs Peter Burrell 7/4F 12
1974 Highland Abbe 8-11-12 Richard Smith Les Kennard Mrs K Hankey 15/2 15
1973 Moyne Royal 8-11-12 David Mould Arthur Pitt E Cook 10/1 8
1972 Parlour Moor 8-11-12 Macer Gifford Tom Jones Charlotte Monckton 13/2 11