Back Binocular to come good in Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle
2010 champion is 6-4 for Saturday’s showpiece event in north-east
Fairyinthewind and Qubuh landed a double for this column when they won the first and last races at Kempton Park on last Thursday evening.
The Paul D’Arcy trained Fairyinthewind, raced in the midfield, before easing to the lead at the top of the straight to win by four lengths, from 25-1 shot Auntie Kathryn.
Auntie Kathryn, trained by the shrewd Stuart Williams at Newmarket, looks set to make a rapid return to the Middlesex track when she lines up in the 17.20 at Kempton this evening and is fancied to go one better.
Junoob has been dropped significantly in class for his first start for Amy Weaver and is taken to land the 18.20 race.
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Previously trained by John Dunlop, Junoob won easily on his sole start at this level in June, before being stepped up to Class 2 last time. This should suit.
Binocular and Hurricane Fly, winners of the past two Champion Hurdles, are sure to be strongly fancied by punters to complete two legs of a short-priced treble with Long Run at Haydock.
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Binocular, the winner in 2010, returns in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday and is good value at 6-4 with boylesports.
It would be a huge shock if Hurricane Fly is turned over at long odds-on the next day, but Long Run has a far stiffer task in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.
Long Run, the reigning King George winner and Cheltenham Gold Cup holder, faces a boutique field of talented rivals and the preference is for an each way bet on last start winner Weird Al at 8-1.