The mighty Big Bucks is to face seven rivals as he bids to make it 17 consecutive wins when he lines up in the BGC Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday.
The Paul Nicholls trained gelding won his fourth World Hurdle in a row at Cheltenham last month and he showed no signs of stopping despite the persistent challenge of Voler La Vedette. Nicholls is doubly represented in the race as he also runs Poungach.
Big Bucks seems to have scared everyone away as the Alan King trained Smad Place, rated 17lbs below Big Bucks, seems to be his only serious rival. Tom George will be represented by his new recruit Crack Away Jack. The ex-Emma Lavelle and Paul Nicholls trained gelding doesn’t look a shade of the horse he once was and needs to improve dramatically on his first start for George.
Restless Harry and Across The Bay complete the British runners in the race while Ireland will be solely represented by Sabrina Harty’s Won In The Dark.