Big Buck’s won his fourth Ladbrokes World Hurdle in great style at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday after a battle with Voler La Vedette up the hill.
Ruby Walsh went to the front just before the home turn with Oscar Whisky, Thousand Stars and Voler La Vedette all seemingly cruising in his slipstream.
However, the first-two mentioned weakened quickly when push came to shove and it was left to the Colm Murphy-trained mare to give the champion a race.
And that she did, as Andrew Lynch was still motionless jumping the final obstacle, yet Big Buck’s just kept on finding more as Walsh applied the pressure.
The four-time champion, winning his 16th race in succession, is one of the all-time greats of the sport and he was one-and-three-quarter lengths ahead at the line.
Smad Place ran on well for third and was a further seven lengths back from Voler La Vedette.