Quevega And Oscar Whisky Top World Hurdle Field

A bumper list of 61 entries were received for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, as the likes of Quevega and Oscar Whisky were the star attractions in a field which lacked the presence of four-time winner Big Buck's, who will miss the event after picking up an injury a couple of months ago.

It's still unsure whether Willie Mullins will elect to hand Quevega the task of the winning the Cheltenham Festival three-mile event, but bookmakers are certainly thinking she has a chance of running in the race, as she has been installed as one of the market leaders for the Thursday highlight.

Nicky Henderson is still deliberating over Oscar Whisky's Cheltenham plans, but the Cleeve Hurdle, which takes place on January 26 should provide the Seven Barrows handler all the clues he needs, as he wants to see if he is classy inmate will be able to stay the three miles after he was beaten out of sight in last year's event.

Henderson could have a strong battalion lining up for the Grade One prize and impressive Lanzarote Hurdle winner Oscara Dara could be another potential runner, whilst there are a whole host of classy names further down the list.

Paul Nicholls's Tidal Bay has been handed an entry, but it's still undecided whether he will take his chance in this or the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but one leading contender for sure is Noel Meade's Monksland, who excelled over three miles last time out and will head straight to the Festival after a winning in Leopardstown's Christmas Hurdle.

Reve De Sivola and Smad Place are another duo who feature highly in the ante-post betting, whilst Donald McCain could hand Peddlers Cross the task after he switches back to the hurdling sphere following a disappointing season over fences last year.

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