Author: Andrew Younger
Cheltenham Festival 2017
Published: 14:27 02/11/2014
The World Hurdle is the leading long distance hurdle event in the national calendar and is the highlight of the third day of racing at the Festival and indeed Festival on the whole. The race itself is run over 3 miles and involves twelve hurdles and is open to horses aged four and over.
Here we have compiled a list of trends to help you win big at this years World Hurdle:
1. Age Isn’t JUST A Number
Between 1989-2014, the World Hurdle has been won by horses aged 6-8 on all but three occasions. There has never been a winner under the age of 6 or 10 or over, so these three wins by nine year olds seem like minor blips in this trend.
2. Favourites Flourish
The tag of favourite can often be too much pressure for some, but it seems like the favourites thrive under it when it comes to the World Hurdle. The last 11 winners of the World Hurdle have been priced on or shorter than 17/2, while seven of the last ten runnings have seen the top five in the betting occupy the finishing places.
3. Which Trial Races Are The Best Indicators?
The recent formbooks should be consulted before betting on the World Hurdle. The last 26 winners all finished in the first four in their last prep race before Cheltenham Festival. Before last years World Hurdle, all ten of the previous winners had finished first or second on all hurdle starts that season. Particular focus should be on the Cleeve Hurdle and Long Walk Hurdle as these are statistically the best indicators of form.
4. French Invasion
French bred horses have found the going good at the World Hurdle in recent years, winning in eight of the last twelve runnings. Meanwhile, Solwhit‘s win in 2013 was the first Irish trained winner for eighteen years, which should give a good indication of where to look when considering a potential winner for the 2015 race.
5. Cheltenham Experience Key
As well as good form coming in to the race, the history books show that previous experience of a Cheltenham race is crucial to coming out on top in the World Hurdle. Seventeen of the last twenty winners had ran previously at the Cheltenham Festival, including 10 of the last 11, showing that this trend continues to go strong.