Big Bucks has been all conquering in the stayers hurdle division over the past couple of years and he begins his quest for a third straight World Hurdle win with his seasonal debut at Newbury on Saturday in the Long Distance Hurdle. The presence of Big Bucks in the field has scared off his rivals with only seven set to oppose the Paul Nicholls superstar, who will only have to concede 8lbs to his rivals and looks well in for a big run. Since turning to hurdles in 2008, Big Bucks is yet to be beaten and he should have no problem extending that run this weekend against a field that are likely to be fighting it out for second place according to the latest betting.
This of course is the first step for Big Bucks on his path towards the Cheltenham Festival and a crack at winning a third successive World Hurdle before having another crack over fences next season. He loves the 3 mile trip and if his jumping has improved he could well be a genuine Gold Cup contender in 2012 as Nicholls looks for a horse to take over from Kauto Star and Denman who are coming to the end of their careers at the top level. For the time being though, Big Bucks and connections are happy to go back to the Ladbrokes World Hurdle where there is very little to challenge him if the past two years are anything to go by. He is odds on to win at Newbury while he is also a shade of odds on to win at Cheltenham in March as he bids to join the likes of Baracouda and Inglis Drever who have each won the World Hurdle three times.