Whisky in bid to ruin Buck's fizz
NICKY Henderson is hoping Oscar Whisky can ruin Big Buck's' bid for a fourth Ladbrokes World Hurdle triumph after an emphatic victory at Cheltenham.
The Seven Barrows trainer is planning to tackle the Festival feature before moving on to Aintree at the end of the year following his two-length verdict in the Cheltenham & Three Counties Race Club Hurdle.
Oscar Whisky finished third in the Champion Hurdle last term, but Henderson thinks the three-mile test will be more to his liking this term.
He said: "Part of me says he's not a two-mile horse but we'll go to Ffos Las again and then let's have a go at Big Buck's.
"After he comes back to have a crack at Big Buck's, Aintree's the obvious place for him. That race is ideal."
The World Hurdle sponsors make Big Buck's 4-7 to retain his crown and cut Oscar Whisky into 5-1 (from 6).
Champion Court (6-1) stated his case for a possible run in the RSA Chase at the Festival with a supreme display of jumping under Alain Cawley in the Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices' Chase.
Another Festival clue was dropped in the 'High Sheriff of Gloucestershire's' 'Junior' Standard NH Flat Race, as The New One preserved his unbeaten record.
Calgary Bay (8-1) provided a welcome change of luck for Henrietta Knight in the Bet With Your Mobile At Victor Chandler Handicap Chase.
Mostly Bob pulled off a sizeable gamble to land the Raceodds Handicap Chase for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson, scoring by four and a half lengths from Mon Mome.
Venetia Williams then went one better with Houblon Des Obeaux in the sportinglife.com Handicap Hurdle.
And Barbatos (9-2) won the first race of 2012 at Cheltenham in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.