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Saturday 20 September 2014

The Punter: Time right to bet big on Big Buck’s

Unbeaten Big Buck's is not to be opposed as he bids for a third successive win in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

As far as the pre-Cheltenham Europa panel made up of presenter Matt Chapman, trainer Gordon Elliott, pro punter and owner Paddy Wilmott, bookmaker Brian Graham, jockey Andrew McNamara and UK Racing commentator Richard Hoiles was concerned, the Paul Nicholls runner has only the David Pipe-trained Grand Crus to worry about, and for the panel, that should not be a problem.

So to see the favourite on the drift to 11-8 courtesy of William Hill, has to be the festival bargain.

"It will be the only winner, Matt will tip," joked McNamara while Wilmott added: "Grand Crus has gone up three stone in the ratings but still needs to improve further to beat Big Buck's and he also has problems settling which should set the race up for the favourite."

Ronan Graham is convinced the big players will be trying to "buy money back" and Big Buck's will be much shorter come next Thursday.

That being the case, that |11-8 is surely too good to ignore and it's time for big bets on Big Buck's.

Panel naps:

Ronan Graham: Sizing Europe (Champion Chase).

Paddy Wilmott: Junior (Kim Muir Chase).

Richard Hoiles: Tenor Nivernais (Fred Winter Hurdle).

Gordon Elliott: Captain Chris (Jewson Novice Chase).

Andrew McNamara: Menorah (Champion Hurdle).

Matt Chapman: Baby Run (Foxhunters Chase).

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