Big Buck's matches 58-year-old mark at Cheltenham


CHELTENHAM, England (AP) -- Big Buck's matched a 58-year-old record for consecutive jump victories on Thursday by winning a 16th straight race in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

With Ruby Walsh on board, the 5-6 Paul Nicholls-trained favorite held off mare Voler La Vedette up the final hill to tie the run of 16 successive English hurdle wins set by all-time great Sir Ken in the 1950s.

It was a record fourth win over the 3-mile World Hurdle for Big Buck's, which has won a record four Grade One races at Cheltenham.

Big Buck's won by a length and three-quarters ahead of 20-1 shot Voler La Vedette, with Smad Place seven lengths back in third.