The Ladbrokes World Hurdle has thrown up a number of memorable winners throughout its history, most notably four-time champion, Big Buck’s.
And in the absence of last year’s winner More of That it’s time for a new champion to be crowned.
Trainer Paul Nicholls is once again showing a strong hand in this renewal with Saphir Du Rheu and Zarkandar both currently vying for favouritism but would they be your choice to receive a pre-Festival boost?
Vote in our poll below and for a limited time only on Monday March 9 we’ll be enhancing the price of the public’s chosen runner!
Not sure who to pick? Here’s a run-down of the options…
Zarkandar: Fourth in last year’s renewal and in the same position behind Whisper in the 2014 Liverpool Hurdle. Went on to land a Grade 1 victory in France before being narrowly beaten in this season’s Long Walk Hurdle.
Saphir Du Rheu: A class act who won over course and distance in the Cleeve Hurdle last time out, beating a number of these re-opposing rivals. One to be feared, despite Nicholls’ claim that the six-year-old is the second-string behind Zarkandar.
Annie Power: More than likely will go for the Mares’ Hurdle having been beaten in this contest last year. That’s the view of owner Rich Ricci at least.
Rock on Ruby: Could he last this trip? Those doubts remain but has been impressive recently since switching back to timber with his last two outings resulting in wins at Prestbury Park.
Un Temps Pour Tout: Third in the Cleeve Hurdle at first attempt over three miles. An outsider to watch out for but does David Pipe’s charge get your vote?
Lieutenant Colonel: Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and Christmas Hurdle winner could be the joker in the pack for Gigginstown.
Briar Hill: Has had a disappointing season so far although looked lively before falling in the last in the Boyne Hurdle. That didn’t put the bookies off cutting his price – does he represent a worthy gamble?
Whisper: An impressive Coral Cup and Liverpool Hurdle double last season has to be respected and there will be many tempted to dabble on Nicky Henderson’s charge. A surprise beaten-favourite on his reappearance may cast some doubts.
Blue Fashion: Has performed admirably against some very classy horses this season but may find this another bridge too far.
Monksland: Noel Meade’s lightly-raced charge was a narrow loser in the Galmoy Hurdle last time out and may enter calculations. Has mixed it with some impressive types and merits respect.
If you’d like to see a horse boosted that’s not on this list then leave the name of your fancy in the comments section below.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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