Big Buck’s set a new record for the number of consecutive wins by a National Hunt horse today at Aintree.
The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old gelding cruised round to win the BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle very easily and collect his 17th win in a row, one more than 1950s Champion Hurdler Sir Ken.
Big Buck’s was ridden by Ruby Walsh, as he has been in all but two of his 17 victories. They include a record four Ladbrokes World Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, and now four renewals of the BGC Liverpool Hurdle.
A delighted Paul Nicholls said: “As long as he stays sound and injury free he can keep on going. I think he looked better today [than at Cheltenham]. It’s all about staying sound and keeping his enthusiasm. He’ll have a holiday now.
“He’s been as enthusiastic and more straight-forward than ever this year.”