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  • 14:30 Sportingbet.com 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
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 2.30s
  • Off time: 14:30:57

Long success for Big Buck's

Easy comeback win for Ditcheat star

Last Updated: 27/11/10 2:59pm

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Big Buck's: Easy winner

Big Buck's: Easy winner

Big Buck's (2-7 favourite) was an easy winner of the Grade Two Sportingbet.com Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury for the second year running.

This was his ninth hurdle success in a row and his first under Tony McCoy, deputising for the injured Ruby Walsh and Noel Fehily.

Settled in the rear in the early stages, McCoy moved Big Buck's into contention on the home turn and was pushed clear in the straight, winning with any amount in hand from Duc De Regniere (13/2).

McCoy said: "He has got everything. I spoke to Ruby on Friday night - you know when you ride against this horse he's very good but Ruby told me how to ride him.

"He's a proper horse, he just does enough, but he's not a slow horse at all and he's got the lot.

"I only rode Baracouda in his latter years and he was exceptional too, but this horse will probably win his third World Hurdle in March and he'll only be eight.

"He's very, very good - an exceptional horse."

Trainer Paul Nicholls added: "He just pricked his ears and only did enough, but that is just him.

"At home you could work him with a selling hurdler or a really good horse and he would be exactly the same.

"He will go to Ascot now all being well, and follow the same path as before.

"AP (McCoy) said he was awesome and we all know he is a class horse."

Sky Bet left Big Buck's unchanged at 4-6 for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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