Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m

  • Winner £148,226 2nd £55,614 3rd £27,846 4th £13,884
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 50.80s
  • Off time: 15:20:34
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Big Buck's (FR) 10/11
2nd Grands Crus (FR) 7/2
3rd Mourad (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 214224 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Any Given Day (IRE) 26
Nag me
6 11-10 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 159 66/167.00
2 11-4851 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Ashkazar (FR) 75
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 161 22/123.00
3 41-4456 DARK BLUE & LIGHT BLUE CHECK, white sleeves, dark blue & light blue check cap Berties Dream (IRE) 32
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 p1 P J Gilligan A E Lynch 147 50/151.00
4 1111-11 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 78
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 174 10/111.91
6 6-61B21 Royal blue and yellow check, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap Cross Kennon (IRE) 26
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 Jennie Candlish A O'keeffe 153 50/151.00
7 3212/1-1 Red and White hoops, Red sleeves, Black cap Fiveforthree (IRE) 29
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins D J Casey 159 12/113.00
8 212-111 Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 47
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 t D Pipe T Scudamore 169 7/24.50
9 213-411 Yellow and Light Green diabolo, Yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad (IRE) 48
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 156 8/19.00
10 9-10825 MAROON, yellow inverted triangle, yellow chevrons on sleeves, black cap Powerstation (IRE) 48
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-10 E O'Connell D N Russell 151 50/151.00
11 1-33733 Royal Blue and Light Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves, Royal Blue armlets Restless Harry 47
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 R Dickin H Oliver 153 40/141.00
12 146132 Red, black diamond and sleeves, black and red hooped cap Rigour Back Bob (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 E J O'Grady Andrew J McNamara 147 80/181.00
13 P04122- White, Light Blue and White check sleeves, Light Blue cap Souffleur 343
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 P Bowen T J O'Brien 151 100/1101.00
14 1233-44 ORANGE, BLACK epaulets Zaynar (FR) 96
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-10 p N J Henderson B J Geraghty 158 12/113.00
Non runners
5F33321Celestial Halo (IRE)711-10P F NichollsHarry Skelton162

Verdict

The betting suggests this will prove a two-horse race and we concur. Grands Crus has been a revelation this season, winning a couple of handicaps in a hack canter here and at Haydock before scorching to a 10-length success in a Grade 2 over C&D in January. David Pipe probably hasn't got to the bottom of him yet and his day will undoubtedly come but we're sticking with BIG BUCK'S. Paul Nicholls' eight-year-old has won his last 10 starts over timber, including this race in 2009 and 2010. He doesn't always impress but invariably finds what's required when push comes to shove and may just outbattle Grands Crus up the hill. On form, the others appear to have a bit to find but Zaynar and Celestial Halo were third and fourth behind Binocular in last year's Champion Hurdle and should be good enough to match strides with the principals for much of the trip and Mourad has won Grade 2 contest at Leopardstown and Gowran this season. Fiveforthree had some smart form a couple of years ago and made a winning return from a long lay-off at Punchestown last month but this looks a big ask.