Only a few short weeks after being moved to Manor Farm Stables, Big Buck’s ran his first few races under Paul Nicholls at Newbury, winning the Mar-Key Group Beginners’ Chase and the MC Seafoods Novices’ Chase, as well as finishing second in the Bathwick Tyres Andover Novices’ Chase. Big Buck’s could only finish third in the Systems by Design Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick and seventh in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, but he showed his true quality in winning the John Smith’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree.
Returning to Cheltenham Racecourse saw an incredible run of results, winning the Unicoin Homes Handicap Hurdle, the Byrne Group Cleeve Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, following this into later months with further wins in the John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree, and Newbury wins in the Sporting Bet Long Distance Hurdle and the Racing UK On Virgin 536 Long Walk Hurdle. 2011 started in the same vein, winning his second Ladbrokes World Hurdle, his second Sporting Bet Long Distance Hurdle, the BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree, and the Lough Derg Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
Now coming into 2012, the winning streak that started in 2008 continued to roll on, winning another two Cheltenham races in the Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Big Buck’s won another BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle too, as well as another win in the Sporting Bet Long Distance Hurdle. This was followed by a 420-day break, where going back to Cheltenham Racecourse didn’t see as much success, finishing third in the Galliard Homes Cleeve Hurdle and fifth in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.