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Wincanton Victory Boosts Binocular Champion Hurdle Claims

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Over the past couple of years Binocular has proven to be one of the toughest horses in the game to train but he finally looks to be coming good ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. The horse has struggled run up to the mark he showed when winning the 2010 Champion Hurdle since but following two successive wins Binocular looks to be a horse on the up once again. This comes after his latest success in the Kingwell Hurdle at Binocular and many feel he could give Hurricane Fly a real race in the Champion Hurdle. The horse only ran at Wincanton after stable mate Grandouet missed the race and Binocular duly hacked up with some good horses in behind him. AP McCoy was pretty much motionless on board Binocular with Celestial Halo left trailing in his wake and the bookmakers were suitably impressed and trimmed his price for the Champion Hurdle.

Hurricane Fly remains the hot favourite for the champion Hurdle but in Binocular and Zarkandar we have seen two real challengers emerge over the past few days. Zarkandar won the Betfair Hurdle on his first start this season at Newbury which was impressive while Binocular followed him with that fantastic win at Wincanton. Binocular had become something of a forgotten horse since winning the Champion Hurdle in 2010, a number of below par performances had seen his star slip but it appears as if he is regaining his best form. There is no doubt that Binocular still has plenty to find up against Hurricane Fly but we know he enjoys Cheltenham and it would be no surprise if ran a big race. Nicky Henderson will be delighted with the return to form of Binocular with his other Champion Hurdle contender, Grandouet, now doubtful for the race after having minor surgery on a fetlock joint.

 

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