OSCAR WHISKY (IRE)
- 8 b g Oscar (IRE) – Ash Baloo (IRE) (Phardante (FR))
- Form: 1/1114/1131/F11151–112
- Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd
- Breeder: Stephanie Hanly
Started in National Hunt Flat races and two from two in that sphere in 2009.
Has won 10 of his 15 starts over hurdles; effective from two miles to three miles. Dual winner of Grade One John Smith's Aintree Hurdle over two and a half miles, and also third in 2011 Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival. Has won on two of his three starts this term including the Grade Two Coral Hurdle at Ascot over just short of two and a half miles.
Jump Race Record: Starts: 18; Wins: 13; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £405,071
Second to Reve De Sivola in Grade Two Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle over three miles at Cheltenham (heavy) on 26 January, beaten a neck.
Entries so far at The Festival (Distance – Value)
Grade One Stan James Champion Hurdle (12 March) 2m 110y – £400,000
Grade One Ladbrokes World Hurdle (14 March) 3m – £275,000
Henderson said: "He is going to go for the World Hurdle with no Big Buck's around. We really need a Ryanair Hurdle but in the absence of that he goes for the three-miler.
"We are going to be more positive with him that we were in the Cleeve Hurdle now that we know he stays three miles. His form with Reve De Sivola is the best around."