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Published: 16:24 | 17/3/16

Thistlecrack eases to Ryanair World Hurdle

Veteran Bobs Worth comes third

Thistlecrack stormed to an easy victory in the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham.

With Tom Scudamore on board, the eight-year-old dominated proceedings almost from the start to win by seven lengths from Alpha Des Obeaux.

Veteran Bobs Worth showed that class is eternal as he secured third place ahead of last year's winner Cole Harden.

"I've spent my whole life running around in these races, nearly getting there, and finally I've got a horse like this. It's unbelievable, I never realised it could be so easy!" Scudamore said.

"I always had lots of confidence in my fella, once we jumped the last it was all over. That was fantastic, what a racehorse. I think it's fair to say he's the best I've sat on.

"I wouldn't mind jumping a fence on him, but he's very good over hurdles. Wherever he goes, I'll be following him, that's for sure."

Trainer Colin Tizzard was equally pleased with how the race went.

"We didn't expect it to be that easy, it's the World Hurdle, isn't it? But he's been like that all season hasn't he and it's lovely to get him here in the same form again," he added.

"He's huge, but he wasn't always like that, Heather and John (Snook, owners) had to be very patient with him, he's just grown into himself in the last 12 months. He's gone from being quite a nice horse to a superstar. He's as good as they get. Whether he jumps a fence next year I don't know.

"There's been pressure for the last three weeks, every day was another one ticked off, we've got to do the work with the horses, you can't just trot them.

"I thought as I was older I could handle it (the pressure), but it's good when they win. Now this one is done we can look forward to Cue Card (in the Gold Cup) tomorrow. I said I wasn't going to have a drink today, but I might have a half."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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