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Big Bucks - Cheltenham - 12.03.2009

Big Buck's: the third French-bred Grade 1 winner at Cheltenham this week

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

French-breds first two home in World Hurdle

Report: Cheltenham Festival, Thursday
Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade 1)

Big Buck's (Cadoudal-Buck's (Le Glorieux))

HORSES bred in France looked to hold a strong hand in the World Hurdle, accounting as they did for six of the 14 runners including the first three in the betting, and so it proved, with them filling the winner and runner-up positions.

The winner was Big Buck's, a six-year-old gelding by Cadoudal bred by Henri Poulat out of the 16-year-old Le Glorieux mare Buck's. He is now owned by Andy Stewart and trained by Paul Nicholls, who also trained Fadalko, another Grade 1-winning son of Cadoudal.

Poulat owns a four-year-old brother to Big Buck's, named Buck's Boum, who finished second in the Grade 1 Prix Cambaceres at Auteuil last November. It is doubtful that he has escaped the attention of British and Irish National Hunt agents and trainers.

The brave runner-up in the World Hurdle was Punchestowns, a six-year-old son of Morespeed, while slightly disappointing back in fourth was Kasbah Bliss, a seven-year-old son of Kahyasi who is very high-class on the Flat too, having been beaten just over a length in last year's Prix du Cadran.

BigBuck's is the sixth French-bred winner at Cheltenham this week and the third to land a Grade 1 race, following Champion Chase winner Master Minded and the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle winner Mikael D'Haguenet.




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