Quevega Made World Hurdle Favourite

Willie Mullins will have to make the decision on whether he elects to hand wonder mare Quevega a new assignment at this year's Cheltenham Festival following the news breaking that four-times World Hurdle winner Big Buck's will be out for the season.

She has been the dominant force over the last couple of years in winning the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle for our years on the spin, but with Big Buck's now set to miss the 3m highlight then the Co. Carlow maestro could look to hand his star performer a new task in what is a now wide open market.

The ante-post betting for the World Hurdle took a major shake-up when the news emerged on Monday night about Big Buck's missing the Cheltenham contest and bookmakers instantly drew up a new book and it was Quevega that was installed as the 5/1 favourite with a number of firms.

However, a number of potential challengers emerged and Dai Walters, owner of Oscar Whisky, will now be making the decision whether to hand his charge another tilt over three miles, or opt for a pop at the Champion Hurdle.

Mullins could well look to hand Zaidpour a go at the prize and he impressed when winning the Grade One Hatton's Grace Hurdle, whilst Donald McCain's Peddlers Cross is set to return to timber after a disappointing season over fences and he was another name thrown into the ring for what will be now one of the most competitive and most intriguing races at the Festival, which gets under way in under three months.

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