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  • Binocular (FR)

  • Age: 9 (Foaled March 17th, 2004)
  • Sex: Bay Gelding
  • Breeding: Enrique - Bleu Ciel Et Blanc (Pistolet Bleu)
  • Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus

News Clippings

Former Champion Hurdle winner Binocular has been retired

December 10th, 2013

Champion jockey Tony McCoy paid handsome tribute to Binocular after the former Champion Hurdle winner was retired following the discovery of an underlying heart problem.

No problems with Binocular

January 31st, 2013

Binocular is reported to have returned home in good shape following his creditable performance in Sunday's Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Nicky Henderson is trying to keep three horses apart ahead of the Champion Hurdle

December 27th, 2012

Nicky Henderson is trying to plot a path to the Champion Hurdle for his three main contenders without them taking on each other.

Darlan is an intended runner in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day

December 20th, 2012

Darlan will represent owner JP McManus in the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day in the absence of dual winner Binocular.

Hurricane in Fly-ing form

March 12th, 2012

Willie Mullins reports Hurricane Fly to be in fine form ahead of Tuesday's Stan James Champion Hurdle defence at Cheltenham.

Binocular primed for Champion

February 28th, 2012

Nicky Henderson reports Binocular to be fighting fit ahead of his bid to regain the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in a fortnight's time.

Binocular bags Kingwell

February 18th, 2012

Binocular put himself in the Champion Hurdle picture at the Cheltenham Festival next month by winning the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.

Grandouet misses Kingwell

February 17th, 2012

Grandouet misses Saturday's Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton because of a small setback so stablemate Binocular now runs.

Binocular unlikely for Kingwell

February 14th, 2012

Binocular is more likely to have a racecourse gallop at Newbury than run in the Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday.

Direct route for Binocular

February 13th, 2012

Binocular will head straight to the Cheltenham Festival after connections decided against running in the BetVictor Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso.

Two options for Binocular

February 10th, 2012

Binocular will either run in Wednesday's Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso or head straight to the Cheltenham Festival next month.

Henderson trio in Morebattle

February 9th, 2012

Nicky Henderson is responsible for three of the six-day entries for the Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Wednesday, headed by Binocular.

No Irish trip for Binocuar

February 4th, 2012

Nicky Henderson has ruled out taking Binocular to Ireland for his prep race before the Stan James Champion Hurdle next month.

Binocular focus elsewhere

February 3rd, 2012

Connections of Binocular will have to go back to the drawing board after the abandonment of Saturday's card at Sandown.

Seven possibles to face Binocular

January 31st, 2012

Binocular will potentially face a maximum of seven rivals at Sandown Park on Saturday in the Betfred 'double Delight' Contenders Hurdle.

Binocular confirmed for Sandown

January 24th, 2012

Nicky Henderson has confirmed that Binocular will run in the Champion Hurdle trial at Sandown next following his minor breathing operation.

Sandown prep for Binocular

January 23rd, 2012

Connections of Binocular have hinted that he will have his Champion Hurdle prep at Sandown on February 4 rather than run this weekend at Leopardstown.

Henderson's hurdle plans

January 16th, 2012

Nicky Henderson has outlined plans for his hurdling big guns ahead of the Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Henderson reveals plans

January 1st, 2012

Nicky Henderson's three probable Champion Hurdle runners will each have one more outing before March, the trainer has revealed.

Binocular digs deep

December 26th, 2011

Binocular beat Rock On Ruby by a neck in a thrilling renewal of the Grade One williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day.