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Big Buck's to gallop before next meeting at Exeter Racecourse

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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The formidable Big Buck’s, unbeaten in his last 17 races over hurdles, will gallop at Exeter Racecourse next Wednesday half an hour before the first race.

The gallop is part of his final preparations before he makes his seasonal reappearance at either Haydock or Newbury.

His Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls said: “We did it at the same time last year, when he galloped with Kauto Star and Mon Parrain, before he won the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, and it worked very well.

“He’ll have a day out and a spin around the racecourse.”

The four times Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner has an entry in the £80,000 Betfair “Fixed Brush” Handicap Hurdle on Betfair Chase Day on November 24, although he may run in the sporting3bet Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury a week later.

The racecourse is throwing open the gates to offer free entry for all students with a valid student card.

The six-race card begins at 1.40pm and includes a Pertemps Handicap Hurdle series qualifier with the winner and placed horses qualifying to participate in the final at the Cheltenham Festival.

Other races are the Aggregate Industries Stoneycombe Novices’ Hurdle over two miles five furlongs, the three-mile Racing Welfare Jonny Brown Novices’ Chase, the Jack Fletcher Beginners’ Chase over two miles and one furlong, a Bet With Racing UK App Handicap Cahse over two miles three furlongs and concluding the card is the Roaring 20s Christmas Parties at Exeter Racecourse Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs.

The meeting has a huge reputation for the quality of its runners with The Minack, Junior and Giles Cross all running at the meeting in previous years.

General manager Tim Darby said: “It’s a great opportunity to see a racing legend in action at Exeter.

“We’ve had some terrific racing so far this season with some very smart horses running, many of which look certain to be on the road to the Festivals next spring.”

Racecourse tours and tipsters talks with racing pundit Luke Harvey are available with race-day packages and there is a free race-day bus service which leaves Exeter St David’s at 12.30pm and Exeter Bus & Coach Station at 12.45pm.

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