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Cheltenham Festival 2010 World Hurdle Betting Tips

If you're looking to get your festival bankroll back on track tomorrow, you've got your work cut out for you.

As a number of top contenders are lining up for the third edition of a Cheltenham Festival, we’ve seen the form book thrown completely out the window. It's been a very rough two days for the bankers as punters across the country are scrambling to put together last minute bets.

Chatter around the racecourse and the blogs have punters questioning the seemingly invincible Big Buck's and even, dare say it, Kauto Star.

Expect to see a lot more each-way betting for the World Hurdle, and the upset results we're seeing in the higher profile races will mean that prices for the favourites likely won't bounce around too much. Big Buck's should hit if he gets anything resembling the trip he needs.

Alan King's 7 year-old gelding ran 2nd and 3rd in his last two races, both of which here at Cheltenham. If Big Buck's blows it, he'll blow it big time and finish fourth or something like that. Katchit is a lower-profile selection, but he has a tendency to push on strongly late in the race and that's been the difference several times already this year. He's trading at 20/1 and is a very solid each-way selection.

Tidal Bay actually got the better of Katchit back in January when he picked up the Cleeve Hurdle. He's not a bad bet for the win only at 7/1 and I can see his price shortening just a few minutes before the off as cover bets come in from nervy punters.

Another selection who requires no introduction is the veteran War of Attrition representing Mouse Morris' yard; definitely a barn in form. War of Attrition has taken back to back Grade 2 races, and has been pitting against some of the best in the business over the past few years.

He was tangling with Brave Inca in the Supreme Novices all the way back in 2004, coming in 2nd when priced at 33/1, the same price you'll find him trading at today.

Karabak came 2nd to Big Buck's back in December in the Long Walk Hurdle, and he could be in contention today, but his ability to hold off a late charge or two is questionable; he's priced at 9/1.

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