Big Buck’s wins record 17th race in a row at Aintree

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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.”

  • In the latest issue of Horse & Hound, Lucinda Green visited Paul Nicholls’ Somerset yard and rode Big Buck’s. Check out our online gallery for more pictures of her day, and pick up a copy of the magazine for our exclusive video.
  • Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk