Big Buck’s is no longer punters’ Cheltenham Festival banker

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The Ladbrokes World Hurdle betting has finally livened up after Grands Crus was the emphatic winner of the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham last Saturday.

Reigning World Hurdle champion and two-time winner Big Buck’s was the 4/7 favourite to win the 2011 World Hurdle, but following Saturday’s World Hurdle trial, Big Buck’s is now available at 4/6.

Grands Crus is now 3/1 to win the World Hurdle following his ten-length demolition of the impressive 13-horse field that lined up for the Cleeve Hurdle.

It seems punters are a little weary of champion trainer Paul Nicholl’s form with just six weeks until the Cheltenham Festival, and after disappointing performances from Kauto Star and Master Minded recently, it seems the confidence behind Big Buck’s has disappeared.

No horse has ever managed to win the World Hurdle on three consecutive occasions and it may be worth taking on the Paul Nicholls-trained double winner and looking further down the Ladbrokes World Hurdle betting market.

New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet worth £25 and it can be used on any of the Cheltenham Festival ante-post markets.

Grands Crus is appealing at 3/1, but after Spirit River was a huge market mover on Friday, 14/1 into 22/1, the Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old has seen his Cheltenham odds suffer as a result of his 70l defeat to Grands Crus and is now 40/1 to win the World Hurdle.

Khyber Kim and Karabak have received some support in the World Hurdle betting and are into 16/1 to win.

But the real value is in backing Restless Harry whose third place behind Grands Crus at Cheltenham on Saturday leaves the 33/1 for Restless Harry to win the World Hurdle very tempting.

Grands Crus’ victory has left the World Hurdle betting wide open and punters should take advantage of the ante post prices.

A £25 stake on Restless Harry winning the World Hurdle would return £850. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.