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Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Grade 1, Cheltenham 15:20
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4yo plus,
3m, Class 1  
Thursday 12th March 2015

More Of That ruled out of defence after failing to regain health from burst blood vessel

Feb 24 The Ladbrokes World Hurdle will have a new winner this year as it was confirmed that defending champion More Of That will not be at the Cheltenham Festival.

More Of That
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More Of That
The Jonjo O’Neill-trained seven-year-old lost his unbeaten record on his seasonal reappearance, coming a distant third from Medinas at Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup festival in November, and underwent a breathing operation following the run.

While on the comeback trail, a bleed discovered in training has ended connections’ hopes of sending their prized possession to Prestbury Park in defence of the title he won 12 months ago.

Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said: “The writing was on the wall a few weeks ago to be fair.”

“When he burst a few weeks ago we feared the worst. He’s back in good form again with himself, but the Festival is just going to come too quick. So, we’ll give him a nice long break and bring him back refreshed in the autumn.”

More Of That’s absence has opened the ante-post market right out for the race, with three runners tied at the head of the betting at 4/1.

Annie Power
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Annie Power

Last year’s runner-up Annie Power is joined by fourth-placed Zarkandar from last year’s race, while Saphir Du Rheu completes the three-pronged set of favourites for the Festival’s third-day showpiece.

Beyond that trio, Rock On Ruby stands as the only other single-figure price in the market at 7/1.

Along with the many fans of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle champion, More Of That’s fitness failure perhaps affects retiring jockey AP McCoy the most.

McCoy overlooked riding More Of That in last year’s race, choosing instead to saddle Zarkandar and handing Barry Geraghty a Festival winning ride in the process.

The man known as Champ was reportedly looking forward to climbing aboard the seven-year-old this year, but will now have to find a new mount for his final World Hurdle tilt.

Saphir Du Rheu
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Saphir Du Rheu
Owned by Andy Stewart, Saphir Du Rheu showed ultra progressive form over hurdles last season when winning three of his six starts – including the Lanzarote and Welsh Champion Hurdle.

The plan had been to campaign Saphir over fences this season, but the six-year-old failed to complete in two of his three starts and that saw connections switch him back to hurdles.

It was a tactic which Stewart and trainer Paul Nicholls employed with the brilliant Big Buck’s, who went on win the World Hurdle on four successive occasions between 2009 and 2012, and Saphir Du Rheu signalled that he was a major player for this year’s renewal when beating Reve De Sivola in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham last time out.

Rock On Ruby
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Rock On Ruby

Another to have attracted support since the shocks news of More Of That’s setback is Cheltenham specialist Rock On Ruby who is now 7/1 (from 8s).

Trained by Harry Fry, the gelding is a four-time winner at Prestbury Park, including in the 2012 Champion Hurdle, and has looked as good as ever this season despite being 10-years-old.

The son of Oscar jumps well and has a high cruising speed, and won in good style when beating Vaniteux over an extended 2m 4f at Cheltenham when last seen in action.

Lieutenant Colonel
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Lieutenant Colonel
14 Irish-trained entries feature Lieutenant Colonel (Sandra Hughes), who doubled his Grade One tally for the season when taking the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 28. The three-mile contest also saw an encouraging comeback in third from Monksland (Noel Meade), who had been off the track since landing the spoils in the same race two years previously.

Jessica Harrington has entered Christmas Hurdle second Jetson, who took the Grade One Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Punchestown in April.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls believes Zarkandar remains his chief hope of success in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Zarkandar was worn down by Reve De Sivola in the Long Walk Hurdle last time and while that rival was behind Saphir Du Rheu at Cheltenham, Nicholls thinks Zarkandar is still his leading contender.

"Long term I still see Saphir Du Rheu as a top-class chaser who could well be heading for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March next year," Nicholls told his website.

"First though comes the World Hurdle in which we also run Zarkandar, who is arguably our number one contender as he is more streetwise and has much more experience.

"But Saphir Du Rheu has a decent chance, too. There is plenty of improvement to come as I was a little worried that he might be a bit short of fitness going to Cheltenham after a stop start campaign. The race will have brought him on and we know now that he stays the trip well."

Racing Ahead

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Feb 16 Dedigout ran out a convincing winner of the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan after drama at the final flight in the Grade Two contest on February 15.

Bryan Cooper always looked comfortable on the Tony Martin-trained 6-4 favourite, who was coming off the back of a victory in the Galmoy Hurdle, and all looked to be going to plan when he hit the front after jumping the third-last flight.

But Briar Hill was switched to put in a powerful challenge under Ruby Walsh and had just hit top gear when he fell at the last, allowing Dedigout to ease away from Zaidpour to score by two and a half lengths, with Gerdago running a fine race in third.

Martin said: "He jumped well coming back to this trip. He always had the pace and the ground helped his stamina come into play.

"Ruby was a bit unlucky and who knows what would have happened if he'd stood up, I thought we had a little left and it would have been interesting to see."

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Nicky Henderson has two remaining contenders after Beat That, a dual Grade One-winning novice last year, was withdrawn. He has had only one start this season when well beaten behind Rock On Ruby at Cheltenham last month and will be put away for a novice chase campaign next term.

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Whisper completed a spring double last season when taking the Coral Cup at The Festival and the Grade One Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.

Barry Geraghty thinks he could be set for a profitable campaign: "I think he's set for a good spring and he's showing plenty of sparkle ahead of the World Hurdle.

"With More Of That out of the race, it has a wide-open look about it and the form of his Grade One win at Aintree is there for all to see."

Blue Fashion was second to Stan James Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen in the Grade Two Ascot Hurdle last time out.

At Fishers Cross finished third in last year's race, but Rebecca Curtis' stayer has struggled this term, with jockey A P McCoy distinctly nonplussed by his no-show at Haydock on February 14.

He said: "At Fishers Cross ran deplorably bad at Haydock over the weekend - that is the only way of describing it - and he is long way off being a World Hurdle contender at the moment."

Other notable entries include Grade Two West Yorkshire Hurdle winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex), plus the Nick Williams-trained Aubusson), who has helped propel conditional jockey Lizzie Kelly into the limelight.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade 1)
£300,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1
27 remaining entries
Going: N/A

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ABBYSSIAL (IRE) 5 Violet O'Leary Willie Mullins IRE
ANNIE POWER (IRE) 7 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
AT FISHERS CROSS (IRE) 8 J P McManus Rebecca Curtis 
AUBUSSON (FR) 6 Jane Williams Nick Williams 
BACK IN FOCUS (IRE) 10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
7 Michael Buckley Nicky Henderson 
BLUE FASHION (IRE) 6 John & Barbara Cotton Nicky Henderson 
BRIAR HILL (IRE) 7 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
COLE HARDEN (IRE) 6 Jill Eynon & Robin Eynon Warren Greatrex 
DEDIGOUT (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Tony Martin IRE
JETSON (IRE) 10 Gerry McGrath/Mrs Moira McGrath Jessica Harrington IRE
KING OF THE PICTS (IRE) 6 Thistle Bloodstock Limited Pat Shanahan IRE
LIEUTENANT COLONEL 6 Gigginstown House Stud Sandra Hughes IRE
MONKSLAND (IRE) 8 Patricia Hunt Noel Meade IRE
7 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill 
PONT ALEXANDRE (GER) 7 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
REVE DE SIVOLA (FR) 10 Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership Nick Williams 
ROCK ON RUBY (IRE) 10 The Festival Goers Harry Fry 
RULE THE WORLD 8 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) 6 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls 
SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 7 Quona Thomson Sandy Thomson 
TIGER ROLL (IRE) 5 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
UN ATOUT (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Willie Mullins IRE
UN TEMPS POUR TOUT (IRE) 6 Professor Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew David Pipe 
WHISPER (FR) 7 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Nicky Henderson 
ZAIDPOUR (FR) 9 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
ZARKANDAR (IRE) 8 Chris Giles & Potensis Bloodstock Ltd Paul Nicholls 


2014-MORE OF THAT 6-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-15/2
2ND-Annie Power 6-11-03 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/8 Fav
3RD-At Fishers Cross 7-11-10 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Rebecca Curtis; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-9/1
10 ran, Time-5m 49.50s; Dist-1½, 5

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-BIG 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-BIG 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 Thornton; SP-8/1
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

2001 Cancelled

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)

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Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran
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