Everyone must be in agreement that Big Buck’s has to be beaten over hurdles one day and some punters may feel that the big day will arrive in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in March.
To date Big Buck’s has triumphed on all 14 hurdles starts and beaten high-class trio Punchestowns, Time For Rupert and Grands Crus to win the World Hurdle in each of the last three years.
It is no surprise to see Big Buck’s top the Cheltenham betting again for the World Hurdle at 4/7 and given the way he has arguably improved further this season, it is hard to oppose him.
But at worst the race for second is still very much open and the Racing Post’s leading ante-post tipster has picked Carlito Brigante as his one to watch.
The result of Pricewise’s prediction is that Carlito Brigante has been cut to 25/1 in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle odds, but his selection seems slightly strange.
Carlito Brigante may have run well when third behind Quevega at Punchestown in May, but it is likely that he will be a sitting duck at the front again at Cheltenham and be passed up the home straight.
Meanwhile, he was largely disappointing on his reappearance at Wetherby in October, even if it could be argued that he will come on for the run.
Instead, punters looking for each-way value to oppose Big Buck’s could do far worse than back Our Father at 20/1.
Trainer Martin Pipe is thought to rate the horse similarly to his other grey Grands Crus, who ran Big Buck’s all the way to the line in the World Hurdle last season.
Our Father has continually risen up the handicap in the past few months and so much so that his mark now means that there is virtually no option but to run him in the World Hurdle.
His current quote will also almost certainly shorten substantially if winning the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at Huntingdon on Friday.