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  • 14:30 Long Distance Hurdle 3m 110y

  • (grade 2) £50,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £28,505 2nd £10,695 3rd £5,355 4th £2,670
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 2.30s
  • Off time: 14:30:57

Big Buck's ready for return

Last Updated: 26/11/10 8:29pm

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Big Buck's: Returns to action at Newbury on Saturday

Big Buck's: Returns to action at Newbury on Saturday

>h3>Nicholls superstar back on track

Big Buck's has just five rivals as he bids to continue his dominance of the staying hurdle division at Newbury on Saturday.

The Andy Stewart-owned seven-year-old has won all of his eight starts over the smaller obstacles since switching from fences after unseating Sam Thomas at the final fence in the Hennessy at this meeting two years ago.

Winner of two World Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, he goes for back-to-back victories in the Long Distance Hurdle at the Berkshire track.

Big Buck's is reported to be in fine shape for his first race since winning the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree in April.

"I'm very happy with him," said trainer Paul Nicholls.

"He's in good form and he's ready for his first run of the season, we're looking forward to getting him out.

"All horses are beatable but at the moment he seems to be the best around, but you never know what's around the corner. He's fresh and well."

Opposition to his staying crown is a bit thin of the ground but he will be taken on by Duc de Regniere, who was third behind him in this race 12 months ago.

Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old lifted this prize in 2008 and was fourth to Fair Along in the John Smith's Hurdle at Wetherby on his reappearance four weeks ago with the reopposing Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Kayf Aramis in second.

Fair Along's trainer Philip Hobbs runs Duke Of Lucca, who disappointed on his reappearance in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow last month.

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