World Hurdle betting tips and predictions for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival with a 16/1 Cheltenham tip on day 3.
An excellent renewal of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle is in prospect this year following last year’s race, seeing the retiring of the great Big Bucks and the emergence of More of That, who misses this year’s festival. So where can we look for guidance, and who are the key players?
World Hurdle Stats
The Grade 1 JLT Long Walk Hurdle is naturally a strong guide and has featured more World Hurdle winners than any other race in the last 20 years (ten), whilst the Cleeve Hurdle has also helped unearth a few winners over the last couple of years. The negative stats are there is little evidence that horses outside the top 4 of the betting market feature as the winner of the World Hurdle, with horses aged 5 or over 10 also not winning this race. So who does that leave us?
Saphir Du Rheu
This is the Cleeve Hurdle winner of this year meaning he would back up the stats, however, he has also returned to the smaller obstacles after testing his hand as a chaser, a similar path the great Big Bucks also took. He beat two very good and game horses in this race in Reve de Sivola and Un Tempts Pour Touts which is also cause for encouragement. With the stewardship of Sam Twiston-Davies on board, he is sure to get given a good positive ride which he will need. He has always been a good solid hurdler, so is definitely one to watch and is currently the favourite for the World Hurdle.
Reve de Sivola
As mentioned above, he was beaten into second by Saphir Du Rheu in the Cleeve Hurdle, however, he also won in the JLT Long Walk hurdle. The performance in that race suggests this horse is far from past it as many have suggested. He took his customary position out front and galloped on to win comfortably under a Daryl Jacob ride. Jacob also fancies this horses chances. Judging by the bookies best price of 25/1 he is more than worthy of a punt each way as he is an horse has been there and seen it all, and you know what you will get. A solid front running performance with nothing left behind.
Rock on Ruby
Another evergreen competitor who continues to defy the experts by coming back to win last time out against the smart Vaniteux. More known for his battles against the great Hurricane Fly, Rock on Ruby is taking on the longer trip in the World Hurdle. He handled the trip extremely well last time out, easing to victory by two and a quarter lengths. Other positives to take are he beat other World Hurdle entrants Beat That and Cole Harden in that race. While he never made a good chaser, this horse has always been a very dependable hurdler. His weakness, and it is a big one, is that he may not be partnered by Noel Fehily this time. This is something that his trainer Harry Fry is also disappointed with as Noel Fehily has been riding him for a long time. I see Fehily as arguably the best jumps jockey around now, so to lose him for this race would be a big loss.
My personal choice as the winner of the World Hurdle and my best Cheltenham day 3 tip is Monksland. This horse is a very classy operator over hurdles and found himself very unlucky to pick up an injury last season ruling him out for the year. Having witnessed his comeback runs this year, there is cause for encouragement. He stayed on late on his very first run back running on to finish 3rd to Lieutenant Colonel who also enters this race. He then finished an unlucky second in his next comeback run. I’d agree that he has not won enough races, however, the ones he has won have been against good opposition in Lyreen Legend and Zaidpour, adding to that a respectable run against the excellent Simonsig. I don’t feel this horse has had the run of the green, however, I see the 2015 Cheltenham Festival as his chance to shine now he back to full fitness for trainer Noel Meade and jockey Paul Carberry. With Carberry on board he will be given a patient ride which is key to winning this staying hurdle race. He is my betting tip for the 2015 Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
2015 World Hurdle Betting Tip
Monksland – 16/1 with Ladbrokes.
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