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Big Buck's Remains Cheltenham's Biggest Banker


It appears as though, barring any last second surprises, that Big Buck's will once again be the biggest banker at this year's Cheltenham Festival. The talented Paul Nicholls runner is the undisputed champion of hurdles racing and looks a fair match for any horse running anywhere on the planet. He faces a tough challenge in the likes of Oscar Whisky but he needs to conjure up something genuinely magical if he's going to top one of the most popular jumpers of the modern era.


Having not lost a race (which was over fences) since November of 2008, Big Buck's continues to rattle off victories like it's nobody's business.

Virtually all major bookmakers have him priced as the shortest odds available during the entirety of Cheltenham with most listing him at a 4/9 margin with a few 1/2's available and a 4/7 out there looking like the best price on offer.

Most coming into this one boast very impressive form but most have stayed away from Big Buck's deliberately.

Oscar Whisky has been ducking Big Buck's and boasts an impressive record. It's obvious that he definitely likes Cheltenham and took two scores there earlier in the season before putting in a nice prep race at Kempton. Ultimately sent out of the gate at a miniscule 1/16 he triumphed by 3 lengths in an easy effort.

Punters will find Oscar Whisky at 4/1.

Thousand Stars is the clear third favourite with a price as high as 9/1. Dynaste is listed anywhere from 10/1 to 14/1 while Zaidpour trades as high as 16/1. The Willy Mullins-trained gelding is very well bred and could be a real factor here with a quality trip.