Punters tip 6/4 Big Bucks to return with victory in Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham

Latest Cleeve Hurdle odds and live stream schedule from Cheltenham, plus tips as Big Bucks, Boston Bob and Reve De Sivola go head to head (Cheltenham 15:35).

Yes, the rumours are true. Big Buck’s is back and the world and his wife will be watching Cheltenham on Saturday afternoon to see whether the question every race fan has been asking: will the four-time World Hurdle return from his huge layoff in the same superior form?

Paul Nicholls’ superstar hasn’t been seen on a racecourse since landing his eighteenth straight hurdle race, 10 of those Grade One’s, and will start odds-on in the Cleeve Hurdle for the first time since winning his first World Hurdle in 2009.



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That price to some will be like Christmas come early, especially if he touches the 6/4 mark. To put his potential price into some sort of perspective, on his last start at the back end of 2012 before the injury hit, he took on Reve De Sivola and had to give him 8lbs. His price was 1/12.

Whilst today he takes on Reve De Sivola again, who can be backed at 7/2, off level weights and you can get nearly 6/4 your money. If Big Buck’s returns in the same vein as his previous efforts, as his trainer Nicholls suggests he will, then that 6/4 could turn out to be one of the most generous prices in National Hunt racing history.

Of course, they’ll be people out there that will see that price has ridiculously short and more than happy to take Big Buck’s on.

Horses are not machines and despite Nicholls quoting that he thinks his star has the same aura has he did before his injury, race fitness must be an issue. It’s also worth noting that regular stable jockey Daryl Jacob wasn’t keen on jumping on Big Buck’s and so the team at Ditcheat has handed Sam Twiston-Davies the ride instead.

Surely, if Big Buck’s was showing the same signs at home, Jacob wouldn’t think twice about taking the ride. It’s a fishy situation.

Of those that could get the better of him, Boston Bob strikes as the most likely rival to end Big Buck’s unbeaten streak over hurdles. This is a horse that hasn’t shown his true potential as yet and his trainer Willie Mullins has made a bold move by bringing him over from Ireland.

Normally, Mullins doesn’t make the trip unless he’s confident of a bold showing and that in itself is a tip. If Big Buck’s doesn’t deliver, then Boston Bob will be the one to take advantage at 7/2.

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