46 entrants and one odds-on favourite – Big Buck’s heads the Ladbrokes World Hurdle field after the first declaration stage.
Bidding for his third consecutive Ladbrokes World Hurdle win it almost makes you wonder why so many have stated their interest in taking on the mighty Big Buck’s (4/7 to win the World Hurdle), and the Paul Nicholls-trained star is the only odds-on ante post horse in the Cheltenham Festival betting.
Although Quevega, who is running in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle, is 1/1 to win at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.
Both Big Buck’s and Quevega are going for a hat-trick of Cheltenham Festival titles and a £25 ante post double on the two stars achieving their third success would return £78.50.
Of the horses preparing to take on Big Buck’s in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, there are a few who stand out in the World Hurdle betting such as Mikael D’Haguenet (16/1), Punchestowns (8/1) and, at big prices, Walkon (33/1) and Restless Harry (33/1).
But they all head to Cheltenham to take on a horse who hasn’t lost since unseating Sam Thomas at Newbury in November 2008, and, as was the same last year, Big Buck’s will be many people’s Cheltenham Festival banker.
But Ladbrokes are paying 1/4 odds for a top three finish which allows punters to find some value in the horses further down the World Hurdle betting.
In the 2010 running of this race, Time For Rupert came second at 16/1 and Powerstation came third at 33/1.
2009 saw Punchestowns come second at 100/30 but Powerstation ran well into third at 25/1 proving there is plenty of value to be found away from Big Bucks in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle betting.
A £10 stake on Mikael D’Haguenet winning the World Hurdle would return £170. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet worth £25.