Oscar Whisky well worth the risk at 7/1 for World Hurdle

binocularsWith Big Buck’s announced out for the season with injury, the World Hurdle has its most open look for many years (assuming BB does not make a recovery, as Kicking King and Binocular did).

Bookmakers make Quevega favourite at between 3/1 and 11/2. Oscar Whisky can be backed at 7/1 a price that owes more to the doubt that he might miss the World Hurdle for the Champion Hurdle.

But his trainer Nicky Henderson seems to be growing increasingly convinced that Oscar Whisky was amiss last year when beaten in the World Hurdle. The immediate post-race reaction was that he’d failed to stay but Mr Henderson said in a recent interview that he thought the horse might well have been amiss that day. “Can you really believe he didn’t stay? He finished absolutely unconscious. He was virtually wounded he was so bad. He virtually dropped to the ground.”

Does that sound like a man who wouldn’t like another crack at the World Hurdle, especially minus Big Buck’s? Add to this the fact that Mr Henderson has Grandouet, Darlan and Binocular for the Champion Hurdle. He will, of course, need to persuade Mr Walters. who owns Oscar that the World is at his feet. But at 7/1 I’m willing to take the chance on that.

If he lines up for the race, I suspect he’ll be closer to 7/4 than 7/1

Good luck

WarnedOff

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Posted on December 18, 2012, in Big races, Cheltenham festival 2013, General, Value bets and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Your point about the other horses running after having been ‘declared’ non runners is interesting Joe, as I note that Big Bucks is ‘only’ 50/1 on the exchanges this morning…

    Quevega can be backed at 15/2 whilst ‘8.4’ was available about your selection at the time of writing which does offer terrific value, presuming that ‘Bucks’ stays in his box come March.

    Thanks as ever for your insight.

  2. Just want to say Thanks for the Weekly digest’s, always a great read, and good luck with cue card tomorrow.

    Merry xmas and a Happy new year.

    Dennis

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