Big Buck's heads the Ladbrokes World Hurdle betting market for the Cheltenham Festival
Although the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting market may prove the busiest at the Cheltenham Festival, there are many other top quality races for punters to get their teeth into.
With many of the season’s top performers heading to Cheltenham, some cracking showdowns can be expected, but already one horse stands out as being particularly tough to oppose and will be at the top of the list in many people’s Cheltenham betting tips.
Big Buck’s has been a phenomenon over hurdles since the decision was made to run the horse over the smaller obstacles at the start of 2009.
Since then he has won all of his nine starts, including four victories at Cheltenham.
It is widely expected that Paul Nicholls’ seven-year-old will go for a third straight win in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Big Buck’s is 4/6 in the Cheltenham Festival betting to complete the hat-trick and the manner in which he won on his seasonal reappearance at Newbury recently suggests that the only way he will lose is to not complete the race.
Meanwhile, Ladbrokes will give punters their money back if the horse does not run, which is a good reason to place bets in advance in case his price shortens further as the race draws closer.
The other big hurdles race run at the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle and this contest seems far more open.
Last year’s winner Binocular is the current favourite in the Cheltenham race odds at 4/1 and his chances will largely depend on the way he trains in the weeks leading up to the race with Nicky Henderson.
Hurricane Fly has been one of the leading sprint hurdlers for the past two seasons, but to date has not been given a run at Cheltenham.
He has not finished out of the first three in his last eight starts and is 5/1 in the Champion Hurdle betting odds market.
Peddlers Cross is still to taste defeat in seven starts and his price of 6/1 may be on the large side bearing in mind that he beat Binocular on his latest start.
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