Peddlers could Cross with Buck's
Peddlers Cross could end up taking on Big Buck's this season as he reverts to hurdles after a disappointing campaign over fences.
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The seven-year-old was the ante-post Arkle favourite last season until he ran into Sprinter Sacre at Kempton and he then failed to fire stepped up in trip in the Jewson at Cheltenham.
However, the Oscar gelding has six wins and a Champion Hurdle second to his name from just eight starts over hurdles and his trainer hopes a return to the smaller obstacles can reignite his fire.
McCain told the Racing Post Weekender: "There is no disguising the fact that for a horse of his ability it was a disastrous season.
"We felt the common denominator was the fences so we have decided to revert to hurdles this season.
"He is in super form at home and I plan to run him first in the Ascot Hurdle over 2m4f. That race will tell us whether we go back to 2m for another Champion Hurdle campaign or we step up to 3m and look at Big Buck's.
"If we do the latter he would be one of the first seriously classy horses the unbeaten champ has faced and, who knows, it could be very exciting."
Sky Bet offer 20-1 about Peddlers Cross for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.