Proud owner Andy Stewart insists Big Buck's remains at the top of his game at the age of 11 and expects him to fight all the way in an attempt to regain his stayers' crown at Cheltenham.
Big Buck's was the undisputed number one in the three-mile division with four Ladbrokes World Hurdles among a string of 18 successive victories from January 2009 to December 2012, until injury intervened and he was unable to defend his title last year.
Bobs Worth takes on 13 rivals in his defence of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.
Nicky Henderson's gifted nine-year-old won the highlight of the Festival by seven lengths last season and returns to the Cotswolds in top of his form. Barry Geraghty's companion banished memories of a subdued return at Haydock in November with a pretty ruthless display in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown a month later.
Yesterday didn’t go particularly to plan, but we attack day two, Ladies’ Day, with plenty of gusto and hope. Selections for every race bar the bumper here and hopefully we can have a little more luck this afternoon at the festival.
I’m annoyed with myself for picking the wrong wide-drawn runner in the 6f handicap at Southwell yesterday, a race in which King Bertie (stall 13 of 13), well backed just before the off, led home runners drawn 9, 10, 6 and 8 and I’ll be trying to make amends at the same venue today.
Each of the festival, GG.COM will be joined by some of the industry’s finest brainpower to bring punters the best information, selections and opinions. Its Champion Chase Day and our panelists are answering the key questions below as to what will happen on Day 2 of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival - here it goes!!