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The Ladbrokes World Hurdle

The Premier Grade 1 Long distance hurdle



 

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The World Hurdle sponsored by Ladbrokes is a grade 1 hurdle race.

The World Hurdle is the most prestigious 3 mile hurdle race in the whole calendar and is run for long distance hurdlers on the third day of the Cheltenham festival.

First Run in 1972 this is the race that all top class long distance hurdlers are aimed at all season.

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The_2015_Race

This yearís premier long-distance hurdle is well attended by the best in the land once again.

Last year's winner More of That has been ruled out of this renewal due to an injury. That has opened the market slightly for others in the race. The very top-class mare Annie Power looks as if she may take her chance in this race where she ran so well last year before just finishing one and a half lengths behind the winner More of That in her only career defeat. She also has in her favour that she is a course winner and last season in January she beat the smart Zarkandar, a horse she meets again today by over eight lengths. The 7lb weight allowance that she gets as a mare could give the edge over her field today.

Saphir Du Rheu is a horse that has not done much wrong in his career and comes here on the back of a very good win in the Cleeve hurdle, at to at this track back in January. He is a past Welsh Champion hurdle winner which he won last season. A good genuine improving six-year-old who of the leading contenders may have the most improvement to come.

A stablemate of Saphir Du Rheu is another of the leading contenders. Zarkandar is a really fine hurdler and a past winner of the International hurdle at this course. He likes soft ground and any cut will help however he has also won on good ground. He was fourth in this race last year and had two of his contenders today in front, Annie Power and At Fishers Cross. He is a good horse at around 3 miles and although he was a good winner of the International hurdle in 2012 he does seem to do better at park courses rather than the undulations of course like Cheltenham. His connections would not be running him if they didn't expect a good run so we should take that on board.

It takes a good horse to come to Cheltenham and win regularly. Rock on Ruby is a horse that does just that. He was the winner of the 2012 Champion hurdle and was also runner-up in 2013. He was then tried over fences and beat the very smart Mr Mole who is a leading contender this year in the two-mile Champion Chase. Although that was a match race with only two runners he did beat him by 10 lengths. Mr Mole other than the one fall the next time out has remained unbeaten since that encounter. Rock on Ruby was then returned to hurdles at around 2 miles and 4 furlongs. He has done really well and winning at Cheltenham twice this season already on both his ast runs. Stepping up to 3 miles now he is going into uncharted territory however should he get this distance he will be a main contender in this race today.

Third in last seasonís Neptune Investment hurdle was the last race run by the smart Pont Alexandre from the Willie Mullins yard. May take his chance here without a previous run this season. He has won three of his four career starts and looks an interesting contender as does last yearís eighth position Reve De Sivola. He was second to Saphir Du Rheu at this course back in January and that makes his price look generous. he must have soft ground to show his best and perhaps would be one of the best horses in this field on heavy ground, although we tend not to get very soft ground at Cheltenham these days. There are interesting outsiders in the race from the successful Gigginstown House Stud ownership they have Tiger Roll, Un Atout, Rule The World and perhaps their best chance Degigout declared for the race, the latter was a smart winner over 2 miles and 5 furlongs in Navan in February.

Last year's third At Fishers Cross has been entered in the race once again. A really smart 3 mile novice hurdler who put a good string of wins together in his novice season. Has struggled to win since but rarely runs a bad race. He is three times Cheltenham hurdle winner and twice over this distance. Really needs cut in the ground to show his best and the softer the better. A really good horse who by his standards may not be having such a great season this year but on his best form would be right up there at a big price.

So a competitive race in hand this year and perhaps more interesting for that. Because this is something of a specialist race there has been many multiple winners the most famous probably was Big Buck's who was a four times winner. With no absolutely outstanding horse in the race this could be the one race in the four championships that throws up a surprise winner.

A very intriguing championship race on the third day of the festival.



Race Conditions: For 4yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 6th. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including March 6th would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final Weights 4yo 11st; 5yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances fillies and mares 7lb



List_of_runners


NUMBER FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY RATING


1 1F-16F Abbyssial 5 11-10 W P Mullins R.Walsh 156
A five-year-old chestnut gelding from the Willie Mullins yard.
This horse was a good winner of a Grade 1 two-mile chase at Punchestown in May last year. That really good run followed a disappointing run at the Festival in the JCB Triumph hurdle where he fell at the second fence.
Has only one recent run on 14 February in Ireland where he again fell 2 out.
All for young and improving it is difficult fancy this to horses chances today.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle race 2 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 4/8.


2 2-3345 At Fishers Cross 8 11-10 Rebecca Curtis A.P.McCoy 157
An 8-year-old bay gelding from Rebecca Curtis yard.
This horse was a really good novice winning both the Alget bartlet novice at the 2013 festival and also theGrade 1 Sefton at Aintree.
he has found things harder since then and has not been able to win. Was a good 3rd in this race last year but has not looked the horse of old this season. Will be the ride of retiring champion jockey Tony McCoy.
*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle race 3 miles and 1/2 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 6/17.


3 3-2139 Aubusson 6 11-10 Nick Williams Lissie Kelly 153

Six-year-old bay gelding from the Nick Williams yard.
A winner of a grade 3 fixed bush hurdle in November 2014 this horse has been steadily getting better and going up the ratings. He is a twice winner at the course at around 2 miles. Another with a lot on his plate here today.
*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/8.


4 1/42-2 Blue Fashion 6 11-10 Nicky Henderson David Bass 152
A six-year-old Bay gelding from the Nicky Henderson and yard.
This is a French import into the Nicky Henderson yard on his first run in the country he was second to More of That, who was last year's winner of this race. That was a good run as he gave More of That 6 pounds that day and was only two lengths behind. That was over 2 1/2 miles however.
Latest run at Ascot back in November over 2 miles 3 1/2 furlongs he was second to the very impressive Faugheen who two days ago won the champion hurdle. Good form and trying 3 miles for his first time, should he get the trip he might make the frame and who knows in what is a below par year could win.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from very soft to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles and 2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 2/7.


5 2-1234 Cole Harden 6 11-10 Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan 158
A six-year-old Bay gelding from the Warren Greatrex yard
A nice progressive horse was second in the grade 1 3 mile at Aintree last season. He was seventh in last seasonís Neptune investment management novices Chase and has been progressing steadily if not spectacularly since. Has been tried at Cheltenham three times without winning and although the distance will be no problem he may just struggled a little with the class of this race.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles in 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/10.


NON-RUNNER 15-611 Dedigout 9 11-10 A J Martin Dennis O'Reagan 156
A nine-year-old Bay gelding from the Tony Martin yard.
A Grade 2 hurdle winner coming here on the top of his form on the back of two good wins in Ireland in January and February. Stable in good order as trainer one cross country race yesterday in fine form.
Outsiders chance of making the frame.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles: chase 3 miles 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 7/10: chase 2/8.


6 54-122 Jetson 10 11-10 Mrs John Harrington Davy Russell 147
A 10-year-old Bay gelding from the Irish yard of Jessie Harrington.
A nice well exposed horse with some form over hurdles at 3 miles.
This horse has been tried over fences but returned to hurdles and he is much better and happier over the smaller obstacles.
This horse has some good form and was surprise winner perhaps of the Irish World Series hurdle at Punchestown in May 2014 where he beat a very smart field consisting of Quevega, At Fishers Cross, Glenn's Melody and Fingal Bay. Always seems to run well but too often finds 1 or 2 to good in the field. An interesting runner nevertheless.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from yielding through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles: chase 2 mile 7 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 4/26: chase 1/5.


7 1-3211 Lieutenant Colonel 6 11-10 Ms Sandra Hughes Bryan Cooper 156
A six-year-old Brown gelding trained by Ms Sandra Hughes.
A good horse at around 2 1/2 miles he took this step up in trip around Christmas in a grade one hurdle at Leopardstown and won really well with some good horses in behind. Still improving and is one of the better Irish horses taking part in the race today.

*Going preference wins have come on ground ranging from yielding through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 4/8: chase 0/1.


8 121/32 Monksland 8 11-10 Noel Meade Paul Carberry 153
Another Irish raider this eight-year-old Bay gelding is trained by Noel Meade.
Winner of the Christmas hurdle, a grade 2 at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting this horse is another progressing nicely. He was third in last seasonís Neptune investment management novices hurdle at the Festival. A consistent horse was never been out of the first three in all of his under rules races.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 4/8.


9 75712 Reve De Sivola 10 11-10 Nick Williams Daryl Jacob 160
10-year-old Bay gelding from the Nick Williams yard.
A really nice well exposed horse and multiple grade 1 winner. Has won at Cheltenham and also loves Ascot. On last outing back in December he beat the favourite here Zarkandar by a head in the Long walk hurdle.
Another lively outsider.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles 1 furlong: chase 2 miles 5 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 8/26: chase 1/10


10 4-U1F1 Saphir Du Rheu 6 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 165
A six-year-old grey gelding from Paul Nicholls yard.
This is a very classy individual and worthy to be at the head of the market here.
Has course and distance form when he beat the smart Reve De Silva in the Cleeve hurdle over 3 miles back in January. Looked impressive that day but got 4 pounds from the second. Looks the type that should have improve from that run and has a good chance today.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles: chase 2 miles 1 1/2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 5/11: chase 1/3.


11 1113-2 Seeyouatmidnight 7 11-10 Sandy Thomson Bryan Hughes 151
A seven-year-old Bay gelding trained by Sandy Thomson.
And improving horse with not many miles on the clock for a seven-year-old. Winner of grade 2 at Haydock in February 2014 puts him in here with a slight chance. Taking a big step up today as he did last season when trying the grade one novice hurdle at Aintree. He was in no way disgraced that day finishing third but he was almost 30 lengths behind the winner.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles and half a furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/5.


12 71P643 Tiger Roll 5 11-10 Gordon Elliott Davy Condon 150
Five-year-old Bay gelding from Gordon Elliott yard in Ireland.
A three times hurdle winner with two of them at this course. He was a good winner of the triumph hurdle last year and finished clear of his field. Was perhaps a little disappointing then in the Punchestown Festival two months later but started this season in great form when winning a four runner of event at Cheltenham's October meeting.
Some of his other form whilst running in grade one races has been below that. Being stepped up in trip now as most of his runs have been around 2 miles. Obviously has talent and a liking for the course but is going into unknown territory here today. My guess is that that is why he is available at such a large price today A very interesting runner who is one of the biggest outsiders of the runners.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles and 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/9.


13 321-33 Un Temps Pour Tout 6 11-10 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 154
A six-year-old Bay gelding from the David pipe yard.
A nice young horse imported from France who has done little wrong in his racing life having not been out of the first three in all his runs.
Was running at around 2 miles in France was stepped up time before last to 2 miles and 4 furlongs by his trainer and ran well in a handicap hurdle in Ireland. Then stepped up to 3 miles at this course in the January meeting in the Cleeve hurdle. Run well again finishing third behind Saphir Du Rheu and Reve De Sivola and got weight from both of them. No reason to think he will overturn that.
*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles 3 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 4/13.


14 1211-2 Whisper 7 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 164
Seven-year-old Bay gelding from the Nicky Henderson yard.
Winner of the Coral Cup at this Festival last year and one the long-distance hurdle at the Liverpool meeting a few weeks later, and that was over 3 miles and half a furlong.
Classy horse who had one run so far this year when he finished second in the Bathwick tyres beginners chase, but he made plenty of jumping errors that day hence the fact that he is going back of a hurdles today. There is plenty to like about this horse and the way he runs and he could easily make the frame and even win.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles and half furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 6/11: chase 0/1.


15 61F732 Zaidpour 9 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend 153
A nine-year-old Bay gelding from the Willie Mullins yard.
A two time grade one hurdler who runs in really good races both in Ireland, France and also here in England. He was pulled up in the 2013 renewal of this race and did not return to the Festival last year. Runs in good races but too often finds horses to good ahead of him despite running well.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 9/33.


16 4-6312 Zarkandar 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Nowl Fehily 160
Bay gelding from the Paul Nicholls yard.
A good consistent hurdler this horse was fourth in this race last year. He did not seem to get the run of the race last year and looks in much better form coming here today. He did run in the 2013 champion hurdle where he finished a good fourth improving on his previous years fifth. Has been at the head of the market for this race for some time now and looks to have a really good chance.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 9/21.







The_Full_Result


POSITION FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 2-1234 Cole Harden 6 11-10 Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan
2 4-U1F1 Saphir Du Rheu 6 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
3 4-6312 Zarkandar 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily
4 2-3345 At Fishers Cross 8 11-10 Rebecca Curtis A.P.McCoy
5 1211-2 Whisper 7 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
6 321-33 Un Temps Pour Tout 6 11-10 David Pipe Tom Scudamore
7 1113-2 Seeyouatmidnight 7 11-10 Sandy Thomson Brian Hughes
8 61F732 Zaidpour 9 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend
9 54-122 Jetson 10 11-10 Mrs John Harrington Davt Russell
10 1-3211 Lieutenant Colonel 6 11-10 Ms Sandra Hughes Bryan Cooper
11 75712 Reve De Sivola 10 11-10 Nick Williams Daryl Jacob
12 1/42-2 Blue Fashion 6 11-10 Nicky Henderson David Bass
13 71P643 Tiger Roll 5 11-10 Gordon Elliott Davy Condon
14 121/32 Monksland 8 11-10 Noel Meade Paul Carbery
15 3-2139 Aubusson 6 11-10 Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly
16 1F-16F Abbyssial 5 11-10 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh












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