Annie Power (right): favourite for the World HurdlePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Buck's and Power in line for World Hurdle clash
BIG BUCK'S and Annie Power remain on course for a mouthwatering clash in Thursday's Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The pair featured among 16 horses left in the festival's day-three highlight following confirmations on Friday and could be joined by At Fishers Cross, More Of That and Rule The World, while Annie Power's stablemate Quevega also remained engaged, although her main target is Wednesday's OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
Since trainer Willie Mullins confirmed star mare Annie Power for the World Hurdle she has headed the betting from four-time winner Big Buck's. Unbeaten in ten starts, she is 15-8 with the former hurdling king 5-2.
Market leaders Al Ferof, Dynaste, Benefficient and First Lieutenant stood their ground for the same day's Ryanair Chase, while Wonderful Charm, Oscar Whisky, Taquin Du Seuil and Felix Yonger remain in the JLT Novices' Chase, the first of three Grade 1s at Cheltenham on Thursday.