In nine weeks time, Ladbrokes World Hurdle Champion Big Bucks will be attempting the unthinkable – his fourth World Hurdle title in a row. Now nine years old, he first won the coveted trophy in March 2009 when he beat out Punchestown by just over a length. He continued his success in 2010 by beating Time For Rupert and in 2011 by triumphing over Grands Crus and in both of those years he went off as odds on favourite so it’s no real surprise that with two months still to go he is, once again, the odds on favourite.
With spectacular, near perfect form under his belt, Big Bucks is one of the greatest three milers to have graced this planet with 15 wins from 15 starts at this distance. Current form is a whopping 1111/1111/1111-11 and with earnings in excess of £1 million, trainer Paul Nicholls must be one happy fella. Incidentally, £845K of that has been earned with Ruby Walsh on board!
Other horses attempting to take the title from him on the day look like Oscar Whisky, Thousand Stars and Voler La Vedette, all great horses but frankly I’m not even sure there’s one out there that will be good enough to beat him when he lines up again at Cheltenham on Thursday March 15th and with the ante-post odds such as they are I’d be looking for the each-way on the horses coming in second and third!