Big Buck's unstoppable at Newbury
Racing:Big Buck’s took his winning run to 18 with an effortless victory in the Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury. The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old, ridden by Ruby Walsh, was hardly out of a hack canter as he took this race for the fourth successive year.
Big Buck’s and his stablemate Five Dream made the running, with the two other runners, Fox Appeal and Reve De Sivola, just a few lengths adrift. The order remained unchanged until after the third-last, where Five Dream began to struggle.
Fox Appeal tried to make ground on the stands rail but Walsh was unmoved as he kept a tight hold of the 1-12 shot. Reve De Sivola ran on to take second place without ever threatening to trouble Andy Stewart’s unstoppable stayer.
Bobs Worth then showed his class with a convincing victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup. Last season’s RSA Chase hero was giving trainer Nicky Henderson his second success in the race and jockey Barry Geraghty his first.
Leading at the final fence in an incident-packed race, the 4-1 shot strode away to score from Tidal Bay, with gallant Irish raider First Lieutenant third and The Package fourth.