Wednesday 29 January 2020

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BIG BUCK'S showed what a superstar he is when winning the World Hurdle yesterday.

I tipped him to take it in last Friday's Cheltenham magazine, and to win it for the fourth time running is exceptional.

It is probably fair to say that Paul Nicholls, who is a masterful trainer, is not in his best form this week, but Big Buck's winning a fourth in a row was really, really impressive.

My tip, Rubi Light, looked as though he was going to run a huge race in the Ryanair Chase, but, when push came to the shove, he was found wanting.

Having finished third last year, he was expected to go one or two better but you can take nothing away from Riverside Theatre, while Albertas Run just missed out, summing up a tough week for AP McCoy, who has been 'hitting the post' all week.

In the end, my tip for the Jewson Chase, Call the Police, ran a day earlier in the RSA Chase and came third. Peddlers Cross was a big disappointment from the first fence -- he never got going and the writing was on the wall early on.

Today, my tips are Long Run (Gold Cup) and Grumeti (Triumph Hurdle). LEON BLANCHE

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