Binocular Odds On To Start Champion Hurdle Defence With Fighting Win

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Nicky Henderson's Champion Hurdler Binocular is 10/11 with sponsors Stan James for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle this Saturday .

Binocular will face six rivals at the most in Saturdays's contest with Peddlers Cross and Starluck the main dangers to the six year old . Peddlers Cross won at Cheltenham and Aintree last year but this will be his first race outside of novice company and the drop back to two miles is not certain to suit Donald McCain's horse .

Starluck finished fifth in the Champion Hurdle in March , beaten 12 lengths by Binocular and could go well in this Grade One race and is 9/2 with Stan James .

Stan James are offering non runner no bet for the Fighting Fifth and that could be important for possible backers of Sublimity at 20/1 who has an alternative engagement at Fairyhouse . Sublimity was second in last years running of the Fighting Fifth and connections favour Newcastle if the ground remains decent .

With poor weather forecast for the next few days however , the race could cut up quite badly and as Sublimity will only run if the ground suits it could be worth backing him each way at the 20/1 with Stan James .

Frost is forecast from Wednesday onwards at Newcastle and there is the risk of snow although the course will be completely covered to protect it from Wednesday onwards .

Regarding the prospects of racing Clerk of the Course James Armstrong said : We're optimistic until such things change and we'll monitor it day by day ."

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