When on song, it is doubtful that there is a better sprint hurdler in horse racing than Binocular. His victory in the 2010 Champion Hurdle was the perfect example of this as he jumped cleanly and quickly to surge clear from a strong field to win comfortably. However, the horse is certainly a mercurial talent as he will have proved exceedingly frustrating to numerous punters in recent seasons, including in his two runs prior to his Champions Hurdle victory when running well below par.
Champion Hurdle remains best option for Binocular odds
Binocular was robbed of the chance to defend his title in a hugely anticipated showdown with Hurricane Fly last year as a mix-up with his medication meant that he was withdrawn from the race to prevent him failing a drugs test.
Once the illegal substance was out of his system, Binocular did return to the racecourse, but again flattered to deceive, firstly over an inadequate 2m4f at Aintree and then at Punchestown.
However, when enjoying ideal preparation and having the race run to suit at a quick gallop, it would certainly be no surprise to see Binocular rediscover his best again and be a major force in the Champion Hurdle odds.
Hurricane Fly to remain biggest threat in the Champion Hurdle odds
If the Champion Hurdle is confirmed as the main aim of Binocular, it would be fabulous to see him and Hurricane Fly go at it again with neither having any excuses. But the pair are unlikely to have it all of their own way in the Champion Hurdle odds, with Zarkandar, Spirit Son and Grandouet all looking to make a name for themselves now they are no longer novices.