The firmer ground at Cheltenham is not in favour of Reve De Sivola in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, but the fact he looks the most certain stayer in the field makes him hard to oppose, at least for a place at 6/1.
With four-time champion Big Buck’s, one of this season’s most rejuvenated horses Tidal Bay, leading Irish hope Monksland, top mare Quevega and Grands Crus all out, the World Hurdle has clearly been stripped of some of its quality.
Meanwhile, there is arguably not a Festival race that will be more heavily impacted by the weather.
If it rains, Reve De Sivola is the stand-out bet, given that he is the best stayer in the field, but he may lack the outright class of some of his speedier rivals.
Chief among these is Oscar Whisky, who is also 4/1, but the jury is still out whether he truly stays.
Undoubtedly his best trip remains 2m4f and he would take all of the beating if the Festival added a hurdles renewal of the Ryanair.
Connections feel he got home over 3m behind Reve De Sivola in the Long Walk Hurdle, but his finishing kick appeared blunted and there is a strong possibility that he will be out-battled up the Cheltenham hill again.
Furthermore, not for 21 years has a horse won the Ladbrokes World Hurdle who had previously entered the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
There is no obvious stand-out here, with Solwhit and Wonderful Charm others that are far from guaranteed to get 3m, while like Reve De Sivola, Bog Warrior would prefer the going to be softer.
Peddlers Cross is the other towards the top of the betting, but his form is so patchy that he cannot be backed with any real confidence.
Taking everything into consideration, Get Me Out Of Here may be one to back each-way at 7/1.
He has run at the Festival three times in the past and has finished second on each occasion, while most of his form from this season can be disregarded given his firm hatred of heavy ground.
Get Me Out Of Here would have to improve for a step up to 3m, but if he blossoms at this time of the year in the way he normally does, he is likely to be in the first three.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.