Ta-daa! Big Buck’s didn’t quite say as he reappeared on a racecourse 13 months after injury and for so long threatened to continue where he left off.
Only Disney do fairytales though, and despite running with his usual zest under new jock Sam Twiston-Davies the petrol tank emptied in the shadow of the post as 66/1 ‘rag’ Knockara Beau denied him his 19th consecutive win.
Arsene Wenger once said that ‘Everyone thinks the have the prettiest wife at home’ but in trainer Paul Nicholls’ eyes the four-time World Hurdle winner is still the one to beat. He may be right but a rejuvenated At Fishers Cross and Annie Power may have something to say about it on the day.
Stat: Paul Nicholls’ stayer is unbeaten in his last 18 races.