Big Bucks is the Cheltenham Festival’s biggest banker this year with a best price of 8/13 available with Paddy Power. Having won the Ladbroke’s World Hurdle last year, the champion is back to reclaim his throne. The 3 mile grade 1 hurdle is over 3 miles and the prize money on offer in 2010 is £260,000. Online betting firms offer excellent free bets to new users. Details are listed at the foot of the article.
Big Bucks Double?
The Paul Nicholls trained 7 year-old will be ridden by Ruby Walsh once again and has been going from strength to strengh since winning at last year’s festival at a juicy 6/1. Hindsight vision is 20/20 of course but this horse really does look as close to unbeatable coming in to this year’s race. Recent wins at Newbury in November and December reemphasised the gulf in class between Big Bucks and the rest.
Genie has looked at the form and there are no worthy challengers to the throne. Big Bucks jumps like a salmon and is tried and proven is all kinds of ground and weather. Karabak ran a brave race at Newbury in December, coming second to Big Bucks but even AP McCoy won’t be able to find the extra 2 gears needed to really challenge. Tidal Bay is coming off the back of a win at the Betfair Cleeve Hurdle on the track in January but the truth is that this race is 2 years too late for the once great hurdler. Both are currently available at 7/1 with Paddy Power.
In summary there are 2 races going on here; The first is how many links will Big Bucks win by? The second is who will win the ‘best of the rest’. Genie’s answer to the first one is between 6 and 8 and the ‘best of the rest race’ should be won by Karabak .
World Hurdle Betting
Current race odds from Paddy Power are:
World Hurdle Past Winners
2009 Big Bucks
2008 Inglis Drever
2007 Inglis Drever
2006 My Way De Solzen
2005 Inglis Drever
2004 Iris’s Gift
2001 no winner
Big Bucks should have too much for the competition in the Cheltenham Ladbrokes World Hurdle. If you are not willing to part with too many of your hard earned pennies by placing a win single then make sure that you have this horse in your daily accumulator or your lucky 15. Check out the free bets available from our online betting partners. They are unique to Geniebet readers so make sure to claim yours. Happy punting.
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