Walsh eager to see Buck's back

  • Last Updated: January 15 2014, 14:43 GMT

Ruby Walsh is more keen to see how Big Buck's performs on his eagerly-awaited return in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday week than be drawn into the debate about who should be riding the staying great.

Big Buck's: Due to return in the Cleeve Hurdle
Big Buck's: Due to return in the Cleeve Hurdle

Walsh has partnered the 11-year-old to 16 of his 18 consecutive victories, including his record-breaking four triumphs in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

However, with Walsh now fully committed to Willie Mullins, Big Buck's will have a new rider at Cheltenham later this month and it emerged last week Sam Twiston-Davies would come in for the plum ride.

Trainer Paul Nicholls explained his decision over the weekend, stating he felt number one rider Daryl Jacob saw the ride as "something of a poisoned chalice" as Big Buck's makes his first appearance since December 2012.

Walsh told Racing UK: "It all depends on how Big Buck's comes back in the Cleeve Hurdle. If he's the horse that won in Newbury 14 months ago, it doesn't really matter who is riding him. He doesn't take much riding. He's a very good horse and I'd be more interested in seeing how the horse is.

"You'd cut your right hand off to ride a horse like Big Buck's. That's a choice I made. He's an exceptional horse, he's a standard-bearer in jump racing and he's an exciting ride for Sam Twiston-Davies."

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