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Big Buck’s odds-on for World Hurdle as rival goes chasing

| 12.04.2011

The dominance of Big Buck’s in the staying hurdler category is so strong that connections of his main rival have decided to go chasing next season.

Grands Crus was comprehensively beaten by Big Buck’s at Aintree last weekend making that two defeats in three weeks against the star of Paul Nicholls’ stable, and instead of renewing the rivalry next season, Grands Crus will instead take to fences.

It means Big Buck’s is in to 4/5 from 1/1 to win the 2012 World Hurdle and the eight-year-old has plenty left in tank as he goes after his fourth consecutive Cheltenham Festival win.

Connections of Grands Crus were so impressed by Big Buck’s five-length victory at Aintree last Thursday that trainer David Pipe believes he has no other choice than to send Grands Crus chasing.

“We haven’t schooled him over fences yet, but I imagine he’ll go chasing as Big Buck’s looks like possibly the best horse Paul Nicholls has ever had and I could see him winning another three World Hurdles,” said Pipe.

“We’ll aim at the RSA Chase. He seems to have come out of his race well at Aintree and we’ll look forward to when we eventually start schooling him.

“We bought him as a chaser and I see no reason why he won’t jump fences, he’s very quick over his hurdles.”

Grands Crus is still available in the World Hurdle betting with odds of 6/1 and should the six-year-old fail to take to fences then a return to hurdles would see him targeted at the 2012 World Hurdle.

But Big Buck’s dominance is so strong that it’s hard to oppose the eight-year-old winning his fourth World Hurdle at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.