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Big Buck’s and Al Ferof set to be out for remainder of season

Horse trainer Paul Nicholls issued the news tonight, via a statement to reporters.

Big Buck's ridden by Ruby Walsh goes on to win the Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle during the The Sportingbet Winter Festival.
Big Buck's ridden by Ruby Walsh goes on to win the Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle during the The Sportingbet Winter Festival.

BIG BUCK’S AND Al Ferof are likely to be out for the remainder of the racing season, it has been announced tonight.

Horse trainer Paul Nicholls issued the news tonight, via a statement to reporters.

Nicholls’ statement read as follows:

“I have some bad news to report.

“At evening stables tonight, we discovered a problem with both Big Buck’s and Al Ferof.

“I am not in a position to go into great detail at this point, but I can confirm that Big Buck’s will not be taking up his engagement at Ascot on Saturday and Al Ferof will not be running in the King George.

“And both are unlikely to run again this season.

“I would appreciate it if the media and press did not contact me at this point.

“When I do have more to report, I will be doing it here.

“Tony Calvin will be immediately informing the press, and the relevant parties, of this statement tonight.”

The news comes as a big blow to Nicholls, as the horses in question are considered to be two of his best talents.

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