Big Buck’s Reigns Supreme
On Monday, 24 May 2010, all the big names in jumps racing attended a prestigious ceremony to find out who would walk away as the Horse of the Year. The public was also able to vote in regard to selecting the winner, and five horses were in contention, namely Denman, Kauto Star, Imperial Commander, Binocular and Big Buck’’s. With the breathtaking performances delivered by Big Buck’s, he was crowned the 2010 Horse of the Year, with Imperial Commander being voted second, Kauto Star in third, Denman in fourth position and fifth position went to Binocular.
Big Buck’s is trained by well-known trainer Paul Nicholls and is owned by Andy Stewart. This magnificent seven year old was victorious in all eight of his last career starts and his winning performances include the Liverpool Hurdle, which is hosted at Aintree Racecourse, and the World Hurdle event at the Cheltenham Festival. The evening was a major success for Nicholls, as he also trains Kauto Star and Denman, both making it into the top five for the Horse of the Year. Kauto Star received the highest rating ever given in the last eleven years, of 190. The complete list of winners at the 2010 Jump Racing Awards were as follows: Horse of the Year – Big Buck’s, Novice Hurdler – Peddlers Cross / Menorah, Novice Chaser – Sizing Europe / Tataniano, Two-Mile Hurdler – Big Buck’s, Two-And-A- Half Mile Hurdler – Big Buck’s, Two Mile Chaser – Big Zeb, Two-And-A-Half Mile Chaser – Albertas Run, and Three Mile Chaser – Kauto Star.
There were over a thousand votes from the public, which pushed Big Buck’s into his victorious position, and Paul Nicholls has already been discussing the future of this spectacular jumps racing athlete. It seems that Nicholls will now begin looking at working Big Buck’s to another breathtaking performance at the 2011 World Hurdle, and will also want to condition him for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2012. Fans will be watching the career of this wonderful jumps racing champion closely, as his past performances show that Big Buck’s is going from strength to strength and improving with each event.