The Cheltenham Festival was dealt a huge blow in December with the news that Big Buck’s has been ruled out for the season with injury and not able to try and create history by winning a fifth World Hurdle title.
If he would have succeeded he would have joined Golden Miller achievement of winning five straight major races, by landing the Gold Cup every year between 1932 and 1936 as we bring you the latest World Hurdle odds.
On the bright side, his injury has now made a race which had gone a tad stale from a betting point of view to one which is now very competitive and generating plenty of interest from punters.
To catch all the action live on March 14, look no further than bookmaker William Hill, who are streaming live coverage from Prestbury Park for the entire four days.
As one of the world’s top betting companies William Hill pride their selves on building a rapport with their customers. A high majority of their clients are horse racing gamblers, therefore they put a lot of time and effort into producing a top quality racing portal where punters can enjoy live streaming, along with exclusive punditry via their brilliant radio service.
Access to the streaming couldn’t be easier, and you don’t even need to place a bet to watch the RSA Chase unfold, all you need to do is sign up, free-of-charge, with William Hill and you will be able to access the stream and see how your horse gets on.
As long as your William Hill is funded, or you have placed a bet on the website within the last 24 hours, you will be able to view all Festival races free online. Taking advantage of their free bet for the race is also a ploy that we would recommend.
Punters signing up to William Hill are entitled to a healthy welcome offer up to £25. All punters need to do is sign up via Hills’ official sign-up process, which only takes minutes, and deposit £25 into their account.
Remember the key to accessing this type of bonus is to enter the bonus code, which for British and Irish customers is F25.
Once signed up the free bet is ready to be used. All you need to do is place just one bet of anything up to £25 and your account will then be credited with a free bet of the same value.
The bet placed has to be placed at odds greater than 1/5 and William Hill only return profit and not the stake if the bet is successful. Once receiving the winning, punters are able to withdraw the money back into their account if they wish.
Many punters in Big Buck’s absence are banking on the Nicky Henderson-trained Oscar Whisky winning the crown and he has been well backed around the 5/1 mark with Ladbrokes.
There are doubts about whether the horse really stays three miles after he finished fifth last season but his performances over an extended two miles have been imperious. If Henderson says he’ll stay three this year, then punters should back the 5/1.
Surprisingly with regards to the previous seasons novices it is the Supreme Novices Hurdle over two miles rather than the Neptune over 2m5f or the Albert Bartlett over 3m of the festival novice events that have had the most impact as both Princeful (second) and My Way De Solzen (unplaced) contested the traditional festival curtain raiser 12 months prior to their World Hurdle victories.
Of the crop from last year’s novice division that ran in the Supreme, perhaps the best value to triumph in the World Hurdle is the Nicholls-trained Prospect Wells, who will surely be one of many entered for the race from the Ditcheat-based yard and could represent decent value around the 25/1 mark.