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Quevega can stroll to victory in Punchestown’s World Series Hurdle

| 05.05.2011

Quevega became the darling of punters hearts when she won her third David Nicholson Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and the mare can win more adoration today in the Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle.

The feature race on day three of the Punchestown Festival, the World Series Hurdle is a cracking renewal featuring some strong horses and Quevega faces a fight despite her 5/6 odds.

Quevega is the reigning champion of the World Series Hurdle and beat a strong renewal last year, and while Mourad is the 4/1 second favourite, he failed to get the better of Quevega in last year’s race.

Voler La Vedette is next in the betting at 8/1 and having won three times around Punchestown and having won his last two starts, both in Ireland, he’s arguably Quevega’s strongest contender.

But the stats are in Quevega’s favour with four of the last five favourites winning the race and 7 of the last ten winners winning on their last start.

Only Voler La Vedette has a 1 next to his name in the form book and more bad news for Mourad fans is that runners in the Cheltenham Festival World Hurdle has produced just one of the last 11 winners of this race.

Form wise the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham is a strong guide which is why it’s a shame Battle Group isn’t running, but second behind Battle Group at Aintree’s Grand National meeting was Ringaroses and the outsider looks a huge each-way price at 50/1.

Carlito Brigante (14/1) ran a strong race behind Big Buck’s at Aintree and has to be respected but it’s hard to see past Quevega making it four wins in a row and 11 wins from 18 starts in rules races.

A £10 each-way bet on Ringaroses placing in the first three of the World Series Hurdle would return £110. Sign up here to take advantage of a Punchestown Festival free bet worth up to £30.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.