Ladbrokes World Hurdle - Thu March 15th 2012 

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Big Buck's On Brink of World Hurdle History

Big Buck's is one of 17 remaining entries for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on March 15 as he aims to create history by becoming the first horse to win the same race at the Cheltenham Festival four years running.

Big Buck’s

Big Buck’s

The legendary stayer has made the three-mile contest his own in recent seasons and will be seeking a 16th straight victory over hurdles as he lines up on the third day of the Festival.

Trainer Paul Nicholls also has Five Dream and King Of The Night in the line-up, but the main rival to Big Buck's appears to be the Nicky Henderson-trained Oscar Whisky.

He was placed in the Champion Hurdle last year and has made a seamless switch to longer trips this term, although this will be his first try at three miles.

David Pipe's Dynaste has chased home Big Buck's on his last two starts and he tries his luck once again.

Willie Mullins has a strong team headed by Zaidpour, who is unbeaten in four starts this term, along with Mikael d'Haguenet, Mourad, So Young, Thousand Stars and Quevega, although the latter two appear to have other more likely options.

Voler La Vedette could represent Colm Murphy, while Gordon Elliott's Carlito Brigante is another entry from Ireland.

Alan King has Smad Place still in the possibles while Cross Kennon, Featherbed Lane and Saphir River complete the list.


Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade 1)
£260000.00 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1

Form Horse Age Wt Trainer
111-111 Big Buck's (FR) 9 11-10 P F Nicholls
0214-35 Carlito Brigante (IRE) 6 11-10 G Elliott
14-5452 Cross Kennon (IRE) 8 11-10 Jennie Candlish
216-142 Dynaste (FR) 6 11-10 D Pipe
3U-1123 Featherbed Lane (IRE) 7 11-10 P J Hobbs
6-02226 Five Dream (FR) 8 11-10 P F Nicholls
1F0-114 King Of The Night (GER) 8 11-10 P F Nicholls
031112 Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 8 11-10 W P Mullins
242231 Mourad (IRE) 7 11-10 W P Mullins
31-F111 Oscar Whisky (IRE) 7 11-10 N J Henderson
3-20232 Saphir River (FR) 6 11-10 M J Scudamore
1310-12 Smad Place (FR) 5 11-10 A King
13-6111 So Young (FR) 6 11-10 W P Mullins
221123 Thousand Stars (FR) 8 11-10 W P Mullins
20-1111 Zaidpour (FR) 6 11-10 W P Mullins
3011/1-1 Quevega (FR) 8 11-3 W P Mullins
141112 Voler La Vedette (IRE) 8 11-3 C A Murphy

17 runners

Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

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