2014 World Hurdle Race Preview

March 12, 2014 | By

betfred_cheltenham_free_bets_smallFurther Cheltenham Festival action on Thursday Afternoon continues with the featured race of the day being the World Hurdle.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Odds for the Race which can be seen exclusively Live on Channel 4 High Definition, with a scheduled 15:20pm (GMT) start time.

2014 World Hurdle Race Preview

A very entertaining opening couple of days at the Cheltenham Festival is followed by action on thursday afternoon which will see the featured race of the day being the Ladbrokes World Hurdle which is a Grade 1 Event run over 3 miles.

The Paul Nicholls trained Big Bucks has dominated this race over the last 5 years having won it 4 times, but was unable to defend his title last year due to injury and having only managed to finish 3rd in the Cleeves Hurdle back at the end of January this year, many people believe that he is not the same horse since his injury setback.

The current favourite for this year’s race is the W P Mullins trained Annie Power which is ridden by Ruby Walsh and with this 6 year old having yet to lose a race, she will obviously be attracting plenty of support from the Irish who many have down as their banker of the meeting.

Owner J P McManus has two entries in this race and Champion Jockey A P McCoy has opted to ride At Fishers Cross instead of the unbeaten More of That which is probably down to the fact that At Fishers Cross has had plenty of experience around Cheltenham having won the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle last year at the Festival when staying on strongly up the Cheltenham hill and with conditions to suit this 7 year old looks likely to run another big race on thursday afternoon.

2014 World Hurdle Runners and Riders

At Fishers Cross 111-4U2 At Fishers Cross 7yrs 11st-10lbs A P McCoy 8/1
Big Bucks 1111/1-3 Big Bucks 11yrs 11st-10lbs Sam Twiston-Davies 3/1
Celestial Halo 26-1613 Celestial Halo 10yrs 11st-10lbs D A Jacob 25/1
Mala Beach 121-231 Mala Beach 6yrs 11st-10lbs R C Colgan NR
Medinas 411P-22 Medinas 7yrs 11st-10lbs W Hutchinson 66/1
More of That 1-111 More of That 6yrs 11st-10lbs B J Geraghty 10/1
Reve De Sivola 2-01314 Rev De Sivola 9yrs 11st-10lbs Richard Johnson 33/1
Rule The World 2P-1421 Rule The World 7yrs 11st-10lbs B J Cooper 10/1
Salubrious 115-222 Salubrious 7yrs 11st-10lbs Nick Scholfield 22/1
Zarkander 41-2222 Zarkander 7yrs 11st-10lbs N Fehily 14/1
Annie Power 111-111 Annie Power 6yrs 11st-3lbs Ruby Walsh 15/8
Quevega 1111/11-1 Quevega 11yrs 11st-3lbs P Townend NR

2013 Winner : Solwhit

2014 World Hurdle Trends

Last year’s winner Solwhit was the first Irish trained horse in 18 years to have won this race and all Irish fans will be hoping that the Mullins and Walsh combination of Annie Power can keep that trend going on thursday afternoon.

The previous 26 winners of this race have all been placed in their final preperation race for the Cheltenham Festival and The Cleeve Hurdle and Long Walk Hurdle seem to be the best indicators of form for this race.

French bred horses have an excellent record in this race with 8 of them having won in the last 12 runnings of this race.

Horses that make the running in this race look ones to avoid, as only one front runner has made the places in this race since 1996.

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2014 World Hurdle Betting Preview, Race Predictions & Tips

If Big Bucks was anything close to his best form then he would obviously take a lot of beating, but having failed to get home in the Cleeves Hurdle back in January it does seem that his domination of this race is close to being over and with a number of younger and fitter challengers in the race, it really would be some achievement to see this veteran hurdler pick up his fifth consecutive victory.

Annie Power looks a worthy favourite as having never been beaten at a race-course, she does look like an upcoming star of the future and after an impressive eight length victory over Zarkander in Dornan Engineering Hurdle at Cheltenham back in January this will have no doubt seen plenty of people jumping on the Ante Post Prices which were available for her to win this race and she will be a very popular winner if she can get her head in front when it matters and for me looks the clear pick to win this race based on recent form.

At Fishers Cross showed tremendous character when staying on strongly up the Cheltenham Hill to finish second in the Cleeves Hurdle back in January at Cheltenham and with A P McCoy on board this 7 year old definitely looks one for the short list, especially having won round the testing Cheltenham race-course three times from his four previous races and he is going to be my each/way saver for this race.

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