Long Walk for Big Buck's
The four-year unbeaten record of Big Buck's appears unlikely to be challenged in next month's Long Walk Hurdle after just 13 entries were made for the Ascot contest on December 22.
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The champion stayer, an easy winner at Newbury last Saturday, is likely to line up at Ascot before being given a break in advance of his bid to win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle for a fifth time at the Cheltenham Festival in March, according to owner Andy Stewart.
The Alan King-trained Smad Place could head the opposition, along with Reve de Sivola - a distant second to Big Buck's at the weekend, and the smart Crack Away Jack, second to Big Buck's at Aintree in April on his first start for Tom George.
Also entered are Bothy, Cucumber Run, Five Dream, Get Me Out Of Here, Kayf Aramis, Master Of The Hall, Noble Alan, Prospect Wells, Smad Place and Trustan Times.