After demolishing his rivals in the rearranged Long Walk at Newbury at the end of December, Paul Nicholls has decided not to run Big Buck’s again until the Cheltenham Festival.
Big Buck’s is searching for a hat trick of wins in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and with World Hurdle odds of 4/7, the betting market suggests it’s his to lose.
There was talk that Nicholls would run Big Buck’s one more time at Cheltenham before the festival, and the Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day at the end of January looked set to host the two-time World Hurdle winner.
“Taking in the Cleeve Hurdle was our original plan,” said Nicholls.
“But he will be given a break instead and his campaign with [sic] now mirror last season’s, with the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals as his next targets.
Big Buck’s is the hottest ante-post favourite for the 2011 Cheltenham Festival and his nearest rival in the World Hurdle betting market is Grands Crus at 10/1.
The victory in the Long Walk at Newbury was Big Buck’s 10th win in as many running’s and the unbeaten star will attract plenty of money for the Cheltenham Festival.
When the Cheltenham Festival kicks off on March 15th, many of the public in attendance will be backing Big Buck’s for his hat trick of World Hurdle titles and he is likely to start the race shorter than 4/7.
Of the other ante-post markets for the Cheltenham Festival, Master Minded is a short price 2/1 favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and Cue Card is available at 5/2 in the Supreme Novices Hurdle.
A £10 ante-post treble on Big Buck’s, Master Minded and Cue Card to win would return £165. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.