By Robert Evans: If you ask anyone about the Cheltenham Festival they would probably say that its most celebrated moment is the Cheltenham Roar. This takes place amid the extraordinary atmosphere of the first race – the moment at which the starter raises the tape for the first race and the horses are off. Yet perhaps that may change this year.
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For those interested in World Hurdle betting 2013 it has to be said that the race this year is probably the most eagerly awaited in its history. It isn’t so much that the World Hurdle is an integral element of the meeting, which has prize money second only to the most famous race in the world, The Grand National. This year it’s all about a horse – the appropriately named Big Buck’s.
Big Buck’s (pictured above) is one amazing horse – and that is putting it lightly. Trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Andy Stewart, this horse is an incredible record breaker. Big Buck’s has one specialty – and that is hurdle racing. As the name suggests, then, The World Hurdle means that Big Buck’s is on familiar and comfortable territory. Yet there are a lot of expectations balanced on this single horse – Big Buck’s has won the World Hurdles four consecutive times, last year being his last win.
That makes Big Buck’s the greatest staying hurdler in the history of racing. So, you can imagine the anticipation for this year’s Cheltenham Festival, particularly the World Hurdles. Can Big Buck’s become the winner five times in a row? We will have to wait for the race, on the 12th March, to find out. Big Buck’s has already netted over a million pounds in prize money – will 2013 be the year that the record will be smashed again – this time possibly forever?