Big Buck's ready for Aintree

by Setanta Staff , 11 April 2012

Big Buck's is fully equipped for the three miles of the BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree, according to owner Andy Stewart.

Last month, the nine-year old gelding won the Ladbrokes World Hurdle for a fourth time and, on the opening day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree, he will be looking to further enhance his reputation with a fourth triumph in the Liverpool Hurdle.

He will face seven rivals on Thursday at Aintree and could break a 60-year record for most consecutive National Hunt wins if he passes the post first to secure an 18th consecutive win.

Indeed, Big Buck's is unbeaten since the Hennessy Gold Cup of 2008.

Stewart reckons his horse is prepared for the Liverpool Hurdle as he seems to "recover so quickly" from big exertions compared to his rivals.

He said: "I wouldn't say he is better at Aintree as the fields he's been facing there haven't been as strong as at Cheltenham.

"Saying that, last year he beat Grands Crus one and three quarter lengths in the World Hurdle and then five lengths on the bridle in the Liverpool Hurdle. I think Grands Crus just had a very hard race at Cheltenham.

"After this year's World Hurdle you wouldn't have known he had a race - he could have gone round again."

He added: "Obviously he is feeling it because he is nine years of age now, so youth is just on his side but it's not quite the same as when he was seven.

"One day he will turn around and say I don't want to do this any more but I think we are miles away from that at the moment."

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