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  • 15:20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m

  • (Grade 1) £260,000 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £148,070 2nd £55,562 3rd £27,820 4th £13,858
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 44.60s
  • Off time: 15:20:38

Full result

15:20 Cheltenham Result 15th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Big Buck's (FR) 11-10 R Walsh P F Nicholls 9 5/6f
Tracked leaders on inside, joined leader 9th, led before 2 out, hard driven between last 2, switched left approaching last, ridden and pressed when edged right flat, stayed on well, in command final 50 yards opened 4/5 touched 5/6 £20000-£22000 £909-£1000 £9000-£10000 £10000-£12000 £5000-£6000(x2) £2500-£3000(x3) £1000-£1200(x2) £8000-£10000 £4000-£5000(x4) £1600-£2000 £1200-£1500 £800-£1000 £4000-£5500(x3) £2909-£4000 £800-£1100
2nd Voler La Vedette (IRE) 11-3 A E Lynch C A Murphy 8 20/1
Patiently ridden, held up in rear, smooth headway to track leaders approaching 2 out, went 2nd when switched right towards stands side rail approaching last, ridden and every chance flat, held final 50 yards opened 20/1 touched 20/1
3rd 7 Smad Place (FR) 11-10 R Thornton A King 5 20/1
Held up towards rear in touch, headway to chase leaders on inside after 3 out, outpaced next, stayed on to go 3rd last, no chance with front pair opened 28/1 touched 28/1
4th 3 Thousand Stars (FR) 11-10 P Townend W P Mullins 8 8/1
Took keen hold, held up mid-division in touch on inside, tracked leaders 3 out, chased winner next, outpaced between last 2, no extra approaching last opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £45000-£5000 £7200-£900
5th Oscar Whisky (IRE) 11-10 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 4/1
Held up mid-division in touch, tracked leaders 3 out, effort to chase winner between last 2, soon no extra, well beaten last opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £24000-£6000 £20000-£5000 £8000-£2000 £4000-£1000(x2) £3000-£750
6th 26 Mourad (IRE) 11-10 Ms K Walsh W P Mullins 7 33/1
Tracked leaders, led narrowly 8th, driven and headed before 2 out, lost place between last 2, weakened before last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th Cross Kennon (IRE) 11-10 A O'keeffe Jennie Candlish 8 100/1
Led to 8th, soon under pressure, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened from next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
8th Dynaste (FR) 11-10 T Scudamore D Pipe 6 14/1
Held up towards rear in touch, headway after 3 out, chased leaders under pressure next, soon ridden and outpaced, well beaten before last opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £16000-£1000
9th 21 So Young (FR) 11-10 D J Casey W P Mullins 6 16/1
Held up mid-division in touch on outside, outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £8000-£500
10th 49 Five Dream (FR) 11-10 R Mahon P F Nicholls 8 100/1
Pressed leader, lost place 8th, behind from 3 out, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 11-10 D J Condon W P Mullins 8 50/1
In touch on outside, lost place 3 out, soon ridden and behind, tailed off when pulled up before last opened 40/1 touched 50/1
NR Carlito Brigante (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell G Elliott 6 f
NR King Of The Night (GER) 11-10 Non Runner P F Nicholls 8

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£4.20,£3.80
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£6.80 2&3:£33.30 1&3:£5.40

Jackpot: £21,052.60, Pool: £94551.19, 9.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £309.50, Pool: £936524.56, 2208.36 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.60, Pool: £46213.6, 2703.93 winning tickets


One of the true greats of all time BIG BUCK'S landed an unprecedented fourth Ladbrokes World Hurdle in thrilling fashion as he fended off challenge after challenge as he rivals tried and failed to get past him. Five Dream and Cross Kennon led the field along for the first circuit where there was little change in the racing order as Ruby Walsh settled the 5-6 favourite on the inner behind the front rank. It was on the approach to the third last where the race started to unfold quite quickly as Walsh sent Big Buck's to the head of affairs and eventual runner-up Voler La Vedette started to cut through the field having been held up in last. Oscar Whisky, Mourad, Thousand Stars and Smad Place also all had the move of the market leader covered sweeping down the hill and it would now be a case of whether the pursuers could not only get to but get past the leader. Mourad was the first under pressure and waved the white flag two out and that left Oscar Whisky and Thousand Stars in the leader's slipstream with Voler La Vedette cetainly making the most eyecatching progress still on the bridle. The tank began to flicker towards empty for the first two mentioned as Big Buck's kicked for glory off the home turn with Andrew Lynch still motionless on Voler La Vedette. Lynch's tactic to switch under the stands' rail in an attempt to avoid a side-by-side battle up the hill was a last roll of the dice but she could never reel in what is undoubtedly the horse of a lifetime for his owner Andy Stewart. She lost absolutely nothing in defeat but it doesn't seem to matter what attempts are used to sink Big Buck's, he is simply invincible at the moment. Smad Place comfortably outstayed Oscar Whisky and Thousand Stars and connections are right to think they have a high-class staying novice chaser for next season. Oscar Whisky will probably go back to half-a-mile shorter and the race at Aintree next month is right up his street again where he could meet Thousand Stars once more. The Willie Mullins-trained pair Mikael D'Haguenet started to go backwards three out and So Young lasted another flight before crying enough. Dynaste has had three cracks at Big Buck's this season but his goose was cooked on the run down to the second last.