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3.20 World Hurdle

The 2014 Ladbrokes World Hurdle looks set to be a fascinating affair as Big Buck's tries to regain the title he held so magnificently from 2009 to 2012 and a host of other top stayers attempt to thwart his comeback bid.

By staging both the Ryanair Chase and the World Hurdle on the Thursday of the Festival, organisers have ensured that day three lacks nothing in prestige, despite not staging one of the three blue riband events.

In fact, the World Hurdle has taken on increased significance in its own right in recent years, thanks mainly to the exploits of the great French champion, Baracouda, who won the race twice and then finished second twice, three-time hero Inglis Drever and Big Buck's, who was completing a remarkable four-timer two years ago. They have set the standard by which all great staying hurdlers will be measured.

The recent resurgence that the race is enjoying is, perhaps, no coincidence. The trend towards better ground at the Festival has meant that the event has become less of a slog and has enabled the classier horses to dominate. Not since Anzum, in 1999, have we seen a double figure price winner of the race.

The Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3:20pm) is a Class A Grade 1 hurdle run over three miles. It is open to horses aged four years old and upwards. 

Cheltenham Festival Thursday - 13th March 2014

1.30 JLT Novices’ Chase

2.05 Pertemps Final

2.40 Ryanair Chase

3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle

4.00 Byrne Group Plate

4.40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

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