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Big Bucks - Aintree 8.10.2010

Big Bucks extends his unbeaten run to 14 at Ascot

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann  

Pedigrees behind the big Saturday winners

Lough Derg Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1)

BIG BUCK'S (g Cadoudal - Buck's)

THE mighty Big Buck's made in 14 wins on the bounce in the Lough Derg Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

He is by the top-class French sire Cadoudal, who died in 2007 at the grand old age of 28 but his progeny are still a major force to be reckoned with within the National Hunt sphere. The sire is responsible for last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run; other notable offspring include the useful staying chaser Lacdoudal and going further back another Paul Nicholls-trained chaser Fadalko.

Big Buck's was a dual winner in Auteuil before a high-profile switch to Paul Nicholls' yard at Ditcheat, where it was believed chasing would be game. The eight-year-old Big Buck's is out of Buck's, a winning sister to the Listed Prix Journaliste Steeplechase Buck's Dream and Listed Prix Roger de Minvielle Steeplechase runner-up Buck's Glory.

His full brother, Buck's Boum was a winning hurdler over 2m2f in France before finishing second to Long Run in the Grade 1 Racing Post sponsored Prix Cambaceres Hurdle. He now stands at Haras d'Enki for a fee of €1,500.

For a staying hurdler, Big Buck's shows plenty of toe through his races and speed can be traced in his family. His third dam Thereby, produced crack miler Pas De Seul, who was successful in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.






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