Big Buck's fine after gallop

Trainer Paul Nicholls reports Big Buck's in good shape the morning after his pleasing racecourse gallop at Exeter.

The four-times World Hurdle hero, who is unbeaten in his last 18 races, had not been seen in competitive action since making a winning reappearance at Newbury in the Long Distance Hurdle in December last year.

Owner Andy Stewart's star was found to be suffering from a leg injury later that month.

However, he left his trainer "really thrilled" after a workout under Daryl Jacob on Thursday and remains on course to make his comeback in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham next month.

Nicholls tweeted: "Big Buck's fine today. Enjoyed his day out thanks to Exeter. Easy day today just two canters up Ditcheat Hill."