Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m

  • Winner £148,070 2nd £55,562 3rd £27,820 4th £13,858
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 44.60s
  • Off time: 15:20:38
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Big Buck's (FR) 5/6
2nd Voler La Vedette (IRE) 20/1
3rd Smad Place (FR) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 111-111 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 47
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 174 5/61.83
3 14-5452 Royal blue and yellow check, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap Cross Kennon (IRE) 26
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 p1 Jennie Candlish A O'keeffe 154 100/1101.00
4 216-142 Maroon and Yellow diamonds, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Dynaste (FR) 47
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 t1 D Pipe T Scudamore 161 14/115.00
5 6-92226 Red and Yellow (quartered), hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Five Dream (FR) 47
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 151 100/1101.00
7 831112 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 25
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
8 11-10 W P Mullins D J Condon 152 50/151.00
8 242231 Yellow and Light Green diabolo, Yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 154 33/134.00
9 31-F111 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 34
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 167 4/15.00
10 1310-12 GREY and MAROON diamonds, GREY sleeves Smad Place (FR) 26
Nag me
5 11-10 A King R Thornton 157 20/121.00
11 13-6111 Purple, Yellow chevron and cap So Young (FR) 60
Nag me
6 11-10 W P Mullins D J Casey 157 16/117.00
12 221123 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 46
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 163 8/19.00
13 141112 Red, light blue sleeves, red spots Voler La Vedette (IRE) 49
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-3 t C A Murphy A E Lynch 154 20/121.00
Non runners
2214-35PCarlito Brigante (IRE)611-10G ElliottD N Russell155
61F0-114King Of The Night (GER)811-10P F NichollsNon Runner157

Verdict

BIG BUCK'S has dominated the staying hurdle division since 2009 and there are few signs that his powers are on the wane. He trounced today's rivals Dynaste, Mourad and Five Dream in the Cleeve Hurdle over C&D in January having sauntered to an equally impressive success in the Long Walk at Ascot earlier when Five Dream and Dynaste were again well beaten, as was Cross Kennon. Paul Nicholls' nine-year-old usually finds more if challenged and can complete a four-timer in this Grade 1 contest. It's a long time since there was an Irish winner of this race but they are strongly represented this season with Thousand Stars, fourth in last year's Champion Hurdle and subsequently second to Oscar Whisky at Aintree, having decent claims. He won a Grade 1 over 3m2f at Auteuil last June and has been racing over shorter trips since. Mikael D'Haguenet disappointed when beaten by Mourad at Naas, however, and Voler La Vedette's bubble was burst by Zaidpour at Gowran in January and the mare probably has a few pounds to find if she's to bounce back here. Oscar Whisky is a classy sort and has won three times over 2m5f here as well as finishing third in last year's Champion Hurdle. But it remains to be seen if he'll stay this far in a strongly-run race.