Healthy Buck's set for World
Paul Nicholls has reported his delight with the way that Big Buck's and Poquelin came out of their races at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Last Updated: 31/01/12 12:20pm
Paul Nicholls has given his incredible hurdler Big Buck's a clean bill of health following his fifteenth straight win at Cheltenham on Saturday.
The Andy Stewart-owned nine-year-old briefly looked in trouble as Dynaste kicked clear turning for home in the Cleeve Hurdle but Ruby Walsh never really had to get too serious and all roads now lead back to Cheltenham in a bid for an historic fourth victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
"He's done well winning 15 on the trot and they've all been decent races," said Nicholls.
"He was his normal self on Saturday - he looked beaten for a second and then wins easily.
"That's just him. He's come out of the race very well, he cantered (on Tuesday) and now we'll just tick him over and get him right for the Festival," he told At The Races.
Nicholls was also pleased with the Stewart-owned Poquelin, who was second to The Giant Bolster under top weight in the Murphy Group Chase.
"He ran a great race and Harry (Derham) had a great ride off him as well. He'd been ill since he ran at Cheltenham over Christmas but he'll go for the Ryanair Chase now," added Nicholls.
"He's run well in it for the past two years, but he just falls a little short of Grade One level.
"He always runs a solid race and he's better off in the Ryanair than in a handicap."