Over the past few years Big Bucks has written his name into Cheltenham Festival history with three successive World Hurdle wins and we now know where he will start his new campaign. All roads will once again lead back to Cheltenham for Big Bucks but he will start off at Newbury on Hennessy Gold Cup Day in the Long Distance Hurdle. The Paul Nicholls horse has used the race at Newbury as his starting point for the past two years and on both occasions he has won the race before winning at the Festival later in the season. Punters got a chance to see Big Bucks have a racecourse gallop at Exeter recently and the eight-year-old looked as strong as ever as he worked alongside Kauto Star and Mon Parrain.
No one has been more dominant at the Cheltenham Festival than Big Bucks and it is hard to see any horse challenging him this season with a fourth successive win in the World Hurdle looking a near certainty. The Stewart Family owned horse remains unbeaten since returning to hurdles after a fall back in 2008 when he was going over fences and there is no sign of that remarkable run coming to an end. There are many believe that he could take on Long Run if he were to return to chasing but so far connections have ruled that out, preferring instead to keep over hurdles where he remains so dominant. A successful run for Big Bucks in the Long Distance Hurdle will likely see him move on to the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot which is a race he has won for the past two years before heading back to the World Hurdle in March.