14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Buck's enjoys Exeter spinHeadlines
Big Buck's

Big Buck's, the winner of four Ladbrokes World Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, came through a workout before racing at Exeter with flying colours.

The Paul Nicholls-trained superstar was ridden by his usual partner Ruby Walsh, with Daryl Jacob on work companion Cedre Bleu. They went about two miles and while the early pace was nothing too strenuous, it certainly looked stronger than in many public workouts.

As the pace quickened coming out of the back straight, Jacob nudged his mount forward, while Walsh sat motionless. Inside the final furlong Jacob was getting more vigorous on Cedre Bleu as Big Buck's effortlessly eased his head in front and crossed the line around half a length clear.

Big Buck's will reappear either at Newbury in the Long Distance Hurdle or in the Betfair Don't Settle For Less 'Fixed Brush' Handicap Hurdle at Haydock.

Nicholls told Racing UK: "It was just what he did last year, it was a nice day out for him, and doing something different will have done him the world of good. It will just help him, he'll lose a few kilos and sharpen up mentally. He did exactly the same a year ago today and it doesn't do them any harm.

"The other horse would be a little bit behind Big Buck's (fitness-wise) and he'd be a bit behind him in the ratings, too. Whatever Big Buck's works with he just cruises along and does it nicely. It was perfect.

"It's an ongoing challenge with older horses like him to keep them in good form and hopefully keep him winning. We are always trying a few little different things with him to try and keep him sweet. Just watching him going round there I'd say he's as good as he's ever been.

"He still walks his box like mad and one thing and another, but he's a lot more chilled now. When he was younger he used to get worried and not eat and be light, but it's the opposite now, he eats plenty and keeps plenty of condition on. You can see how he worked round there, it was perfect really.

"It's a very valuable race at Haydock, the brush hurdles won't hurt him and it's an option along with the Newbury race. I'm meeting Andy (Stewart, owner) at Cheltenham and we'll have a chat about it, then we'll make a plan. We'll just see what he's like in the next few days and decide."

Should Big Buck's head for Merseyside on November 24, he will force all bar two of the other 49 entries out of the handicap. Only Alan King's Lovcen (10st 2lb) and Emma Lavelle's Fox Appeal (10st) would be allowed to run off their correct marks.

28 November 2015

Smad Place dazzles in Hennessy romp at Newbury
Wakanda note perfect in Newcastle Rehearsal
Thistlecrack goes the Distance at Newbury
Identity Thief steals a march in Fighting Fifth at Newcastle
Willie Mullins hands Gitane Du Berlais Carlisle assignment
Tea times it right at Newbury for Evan Williams
Smooth Stepper scores for Sue Smith at Newcastle
Arctic Fire searching for big-race success in Hatton's Grace Hurdle
Long Dog and Bachasson primed for Royal Bond showdown at Fairyhouse
Former jockey Darren Egan denies stopping horses in BHA corruption case
Simply Wings out to soar at Newbury in Sir Peter O'Sullevan memorial
Bobs Worth back at Newbury in attempt to regain Hennessy crown
Lamar hangs on for fast-track qualifier win at Wolverhampton
Three Musketeers adds name to illustrious Newbury honour roll
Bryan Cooper has a go with Heroes at Fairyhouse
Identity Thief faces acid test in Fighting Fifth
Kasakh Noir puts down early Cheltenham marker with Newbury success
Warren Greatrex backs Cole Harden to go the Distance at Newbury
Harry Fry calls time on Rock On Ruby career due to injury
Willie Mullins says Wicklow Brave is fighting fit for Newcastle date

27 November 2015

Doncaster stewards hand out fourteen-day ban for rider John Kington
Funeral details announced for Pat Eddery
Niall McCullagh issues upbeat injury prognosis
Sean Bowen cleared for Newbury return
Ed Dunlop seeking Japan Cup solace with Trip To Paris
Paul Nicholls has Saphir Du Rheu sparkling for Newbury Hennessy bid
Native River leaves owner 'speechless' with Newbury triumph
Sternrubin leads Newbury rivals a merry dance
Ubak out to defy long absence in Newbury highlight
Winning start over fences for Shaneshill at Thurles
Modus 'getting there' in maintaining unbeaten record over hurdles at Newbury
Stuart Edmunds issues Chepstow warning for Wolf Of Windlesham
Charlie Longsdon's Pendra could enter Grand National equation

26 November 2015

David Bridgwater raring to go in Hennessy with The Giant Bolster
Sean Bowen stood down after Taunton fall
Marco Botti duo seeking Wolverhampton riches
Native River makes a big splash in Newbury Grade Two
Tom Marquand nominated for BBC award
Winning start over fences for Shaneshill at Thurles
Gunnery Sergeant sights set on Royal Bond outing
Just Cameron pleases Micky Hammond in Wetherby spin
Irving and Top Notch set for Newcastle rematch
Saphir Du Rheu tops 17 runners in Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury
Fire Fighting too good in Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton
Brave Hero makes an impression on Lingfield debut
Charlie Longsdon takes aim at Long Walk Hurdle with Kilcooley
John Constable in the frame for Gerry Feilden honours
Un Temps Pour Tout out to star in hot novice chase at Newbury
O'Faolains Boy will bid to go the Distance at Newbury
Annacotty leads entries for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham
Colin Bowe 'tempted' by Drinmore run for Shantou Flyer
David Dennis plotting Doctor Phoenix campaign following Haydock verdict

25 November 2015

Run Ructions Run makes winning chase debut for Tim Easterby at Wetherby
Goonyella set to bid for Becher compensation at Aintree
Alan King planning hurdles switch with The Unit
Down Royal return possible for Foxhunter hero On The Fringe
Mondialiste aimed at Hong Kong Mile by David O'Meara
Gilgamboa set for John Durkan return at Punchestown
Dan and Harry Skelton hit Lingfield double
Emma Lavelle sets sights on chase campaign for Closing Ceremony
Willie Mullins dominates Royal Bond entries at Fairyhouse
Neil Mulholland thrilled with Fox Norton Cheltenham effort
Emma Lavelle outlines Ascot aim for Junction Fourteen
Arctic Fire in perfect Hatton's Grace 10
Jonjo O'Neill eyeing low-key target for Minella Rocco
Hennessy robbed of star turn as Coneygree misses race
Jonjo O'Neill set to ease Holywell in grade

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015