Big Buck’s out for the season says Nicholls
Record-breaking hurdler Big Buck's is set to miss the rest of the season through injury.
Stable mate Al Ferof has also been ruled out for the remainder of the season, trainer Paul Nicholls confirmed.
Big Buck's was set to go for a 19th consecutive victory in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday (December 22nd) and was hot favourite to win a fifth World Hurdle at Cheltenham next March.
Al Ferof was second favourite for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and was mentioned as a potential Cheltenham Gold Cup contender.
Nicholls reported the injuries in his Betfair column, stating that the problems were noticed on the horses at evening stables this week.
"I am not in a position to go into great detail, but I can confirm that Big Buck's will not be taking up his engagement at Ascot and Al Ferof the King George," he added.
Big Buck's owner Andy Stewart told Racing Post that both horses had suffered a small tear in one of their legs.