Big Buck's will follow a tried-and-tested route and make his seasonal reappearance at Newbury rather than Haydock
Last Updated: 16/11/12 1:01pm
Big Buck's (red cap): Tried and tested route this season as he will head to Newbury first
Big Buck's will follow a tried-and-tested route and make his seasonal reappearance at Newbury rather than Haydock.
Trainer Paul Nicholls had given the nine-year-old a provisional entry in the Betfair-sponsored "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle on Saturday week, although he would have been conceding upwards of 24lb to all of his rivals there.
However, Nicholls and owner Andy Stewart have instead opted to follow their usual plan and Big Buck's will tackle the Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle, a race he has won for the last three years.
"I have literally just had a chat with Andy Stewart at Cheltenham, and we have decided to go down the tried-and-trusted route with Big Buck's and he goes to Newbury later this month, as opposed to Haydock," Nicholls told his Betfair blog.
"The entry in the Fixed Brush Hurdle on Betfair Chase Day was only ever tentative, as I said at the time. In this game, you have to give yourselves options.
"I was half-tempted by Haydock but Andy was understandably keen to stick to Newbury, so we begged to differ to some extent. So it was Andy's call, and he bids for a fourth consecutive win in the race later this month.
"As you saw from his racecourse gallop at Exeter on Wednesday, he will go there in good form."
Big Buck's will be going for his 18th win on the bounce at Newbury on December 1.