Binocular to have Champion prep at Sandown

Binocular will once again have his final run before the Champion Hurdle, at Sandown on February 4 next.

Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old, won the Cheltenham race in 2010, but has failed to impress this season to date. However, he still managed to win the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on his last start.

Binocular has won the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown for the last two years and connections have decided to stick to the same route this season.

“I’d say he’ll run at Sandown,” said Frank Berry, McManus’ racing manager.

“It’s worked for us in the past so I think we’ll stick to it.

“We’ll get Sandown out of the way first before we start thinking about Cheltenham.

“He’s back in good form, though, we’ve been very pleased with him since Kempton.

“AP (Tony McCoy) said he wasn’t quite giving him the same feel but he won a Grade One nonetheless.”

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