Punters looking to oppose Big Buck’s for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in the Cheltenham betting may find that the best each-way value on offer is found in Mourad.
Mourad is 12/1 in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle betting and significantly enhanced his prospects when finishing strongly to land the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last month.
What was significant about this success was that not only was it over the Ladbrokes World Hurdle distance of three miles, but the heavy ground also highlighted that stamina should not be a concern at Cheltenham.
With front-running horses like Zaynar also expected to be in the field, there is every possibility that the early pace will be fast and this will make Big Buck’s more vulnerable than in a slowly-run race.
Meanwhile, trainer Willie Mullins feels that Mourad is more suited to better ground, which means that the horse should run a decent race whatever the underfoot conditions.
Mourad also has previous Cheltenham Festival form as he finished third in the 2009 Triumph Hurdle and this result shows that the horse has some speed to go with his stamina.
Although it is a big ask for Mourad to stop Big Buck’s winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle for the third year in succession, his racecourse consistency is another factor which makes him a solid each-way prospect.
Mourad has been a model of consistency since moving into the hurdles ranks, never finishing outside of the top four in 14 starts.
Meanwhile, he has finished inside the first three on 12 of these occasions.
Big Buck’s betting odds to win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle are 4/7, with Punchestowns the next best in the market at 8/1.
A £25 stake on Mourad winning the Ladbrokes World Hurdle would return £300. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.