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It is World Hurdle day at the Cheltenham Festival and Willie Mullins will be looking to make it 11 Irish winners, with Ruby Walsh riding Abyssial. Big Buck’s has won a lot of people big bucks here at Cheltenham over the years, securing four consecutive victories, so check out our Infographic here!
The success of Big Buck’s has meant that Paul Nicholls is the most successful trainer in this race, and the trainer will be hoping to make it five triumphs with favourite Saphir Du Rheu. A strong field of 17 horses will take part in the race this year, more than double the amount that competed in 1973 when there were just eight in total.
Interestingly, this is one of the youngest events at the festival, with this present version starting in 1972 and it clearly hasn’t been a race for the favourites. In its 43-year history, only 13 favourites have won the race and three of those times, Big Buck’s was odds-on.
Since the reign Big Buck’s, jockey Ruby Walsh hasn’t won the World Hurdle since 2012, and on Mullins-trained Abbyssial, he will want to impress again.
In 1993, the World Hurdle switched days to a Thursday, having previously been ran on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and is widely regarded as the second main event behind the Cheltenham Gold Cup.