Big Buck’s to run again, says Nicholls
Record-breaking hurdler Big Buck's still has plenty of runs left in his career, according to trainer Paul Nicholls.
The nine-year-old was ruled out of last Saturday's (December 22nd) Long Walk Hurdle with a leg injury but Nicholls told BBC Sport that he feels the horse is strong enough to win further races.
Big Buck's has now won his previous 18 races in a period that has spanned more than four years since he was reverted to hurdling from steeplechasing.
He was odds-on favourite to win a fifth consecutive World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March next year, but Nicholls discovered injuries to Big Buck's and Al Ferof's legs that have ruled them out for the season.
The trainer commented: "He's probably got four or five runs left in him. He's had a lot of racing and a break might do him no harm. We might see him this next year."