Cheltenham

  • 15:40 Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle 3m

  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 57.90s
  • Off time: 15:40:07
15:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Big Buck's (FR) 1/4
2nd Dynaste (FR) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1111-11 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 42
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-8 P F Nicholls R Walsh 174 1/41.25
2 13-2422 Yellow and Light Green diabolo, Yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad (IRE) 31
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-8 W P Mullins D E Mullins 154 10/111.00
3 39-1323 Royal Blue and Light Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves, Royal Blue armlets Restless Harry 42
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-8 R Dickin H Oliver 153 20/121.00
4 3216-14 Maroon and Yellow diamonds, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Dynaste (FR) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 D Pipe T Scudamore 158 13/27.50
5 8-78242 Light blue, brown star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Across The Bay (IRE) 42
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-0 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 140 50/151.00
6 36-9222 Red and Yellow (quartered), hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Five Dream (FR) 42
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-0 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 153 25/126.00

Verdict

BIG BUCK'S beat Five Dream, Restless Harry and Dynaste when gaining his 14th successive victory in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and shouldn't have any problems with that trio back on his favourite track. The latter holds Across The Bay on earlier running so the only possible threat looks to be Mourad. Willie Mullins' charge wasn't far behind Paul Nicholls' star in last year's World Hurdle and has continued in good form at the highest level. A slow gallop could play to his strengths here and he's one of the few staying hurdlers around who can give the great champion a race.