THE LEGEND OF BIG BUCK’S

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Big Buck’s matched a 58-year-old record for consecutive jump victories on Thursday by winning his 16th straight race in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in England.

With Ruby Walsh on board, the 5-6 Paul Nicholls-trained favorite held off mare Voler La Vedette up the final hill to tie the run of 16 successive English hurdle wins set by all-time great Sir Ken in the 1950s.


It was a record fourth win over the three-mile World Hurdle for Big Buck’s, who has won a record four Grade One races at Cheltenham.


Big Buck’s won by a length and three-quarters ahead of 20-1 shot Voler La Vedette, with Smad Place seven lengths back in third.



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Big Buck’s last loss came in November of 2008 when he lost his rider in the prestigious Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.


Big Buck’s has now won 21 of 36 career starts and total earnings of over $1.9 million.