| 17.5°C Dublin

Buck's battle with Quevega now 'unlikely'

OWNER Andy Stewart believes it is "highly unlikely" a dream clash between Big Buck's and star mare Quevega will happen.

Big Buck's is already odds-on to win the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for a remarkable fifth year on the bounce. Some have suggested the Willie Mullins-trained Quevega should tackle the mighty stayer, but the champion trainer has insisted she would be bidding for a fifth successive Cheltenham win of her own in March in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle.

The only conceivable place the pair could meet is at the Punchestown Festival, but Stewart does not expect his pride and joy to making the Ireland. Stewart said: "Like Willie has said, I think the only way they would meet is if Big Buck's changed sex! Ruby (Walsh) obviously rides Big Buck's and Quevega and I just don't think it will happen.

Southwell have been forced to give up their fixtures in January after a further assessment on the damage caused by flooding. Wolverhampton, meanwhile, have transferred fixtures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to Lingfield due to surface worries -- although Friday's meeting has been switched to Sunday due to Lingfield already racing that day.