No horse has dominated at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years more than the great Big Buck's and the staying hurdle legend is set to return to the track within the next few weeks. The Paul Nicholls inmate has won no less than four World Hurdle's on the bounce at Cheltenham and connections are now busy setting out a route to a fifth win at Cheltenham in March. The traditional route for Big Buck's has been for him to make his seasonal debut at Newbury in the Long Distance Hurdle but the Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle at Haydock is also a possibility this season. The race at Haydock on Betfair Chase day is an intriguing prospect for Big Buck's with a hefty prize pot on offer and while Newbury remains an option the final decision is yet to be made. Big Buck's has made the Long Distance Hurdle his own in recent years winning the race on the bridle for the past three years and it could be that a change of scenery at Haydock could be seen as a new challenge.
The record of Big Buck's is simply remarkable, he remains unbeaten ever since he was switched back to the smaller obstacles at the start of 2009 and a win on his seasonal debut this time around would be an 18th on the trott. Countless numbers of top class horses have tried and failed to dethrone Big Buck's during that time and few would be surprised if he remained unbeaten through to Cheltenham once again this season. Big Buck's is already the hot favourite in the World Hurdle Betting to make it five-in-a-row at the Festival and a good win on on his seasonal debut is likely to see that price contract even further. It could be interesting if the likes of Peddlers Cross and Zarkandar take him on this season but even though both are previous Cheltenham Festival winners they will need to improve plenty to take on one of the best stayers in recent memory.