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Binocular in Punchestown frame

Binocular could bid to round off what has been another turbulent season in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on May 6.

Nicky Henderson's seven-year-old was a brilliant winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, but was forced to miss this year's renewal as there were concerns about medication in his system, and he then failed in last week's Aintree Hurdle.

Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, reports the gelding to be none the worse for those exertions and he could now bid to show his true colours against Hurricane Fly at next month's Punchestown Festival.

Berry said: "He came out of the race good and there are no problems with him. Nobody can really put their finger on why he didn't finish his race off so well. He travelled well to the third-last, but he was beat from there home.

"Nothing has shown up and he seems in good old form. He jumped well and moved well during the race. He'll have an entry in Punchestown. That's the plan and we'll just see how he is."

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