Monday 19 August 2019

JP McManus, Big Buck's and Quevega inducted into Cheltenham Hall of Fame

Billionaire JP McManus. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Billionaire JP McManus. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Leading owner JP McManus and equine superstars Big Buck's and Quevega have all been inducted into the Cheltenham Hall of Fame.

McManus is the most successful owner of all-time at the Festival, with his tally currently standing at 48 winners. His familiar green and gold silks have been carried to glory at Prestbury Park by the likes of three-time Champion Hurdle hero Istabraq, 2012 Gold Cup winner Synchronised and dual World Hurdle scorer Barracouda (2002 and 2003).

The Paul Nicholls-trained Big Buck's created history in 2012 when becoming the first horse to win the World Hurdle four times.

The mighty Quevega, trained by Willie Mullins, is the only horse to have won the same race at the Festival six consecutive times, landing the OLBG Mares' Hurdle every year between 2009 and 2014.

Following the redevelopment of Cheltenham in 2015, a bar was named in her honour.

Ian Renton, regional director for Cheltenham, said: "We are delighted to add Big Buck's, Quevega and JP McManus to Cheltenham's Hall of Fame.

"The Hall of Fame recognises horses and humans that have performed to the highest level at Cheltenham and provided racing fans with many moments to cherish.

"I am pleased we are able to remember and enjoy all those moments within the Hall of Fame."

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