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26 Sep 10 11:17
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Gold Cup, maybe a dark horse to watch has improved loads and stays. Just a thought!
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Report Ibrahima Sonko September 26, 2010 12:04 PM BST
Such a natural jumper, if he improves a little then he can figure. I really hope he runs in the hennessy.
Report CVByrne September 26, 2010 12:29 PM BST
Agree hope he runs in Hennessy
Report millhouse September 26, 2010 12:51 PM BST
A horse people seem to want to continually under rate, imo - obviously this means he'll usually be good value...
Report dwm767 September 26, 2010 8:03 PM BST
Me and my mate are convinced he wins the Gold Cup unless Weapons Amnesty rolls up!
Report Ibrahima Sonko September 26, 2010 9:42 PM BST
That was one of the key messages from Nicky Henderson's owners' open day on Sunday when the trainer announced plans for some of the stable's stars and introduced some exciting new recruits which make him the most potent threat to the five-year reign of Paul Nicholls as Champion trainer.

"Binocular's come back from Ireland looking a picture," said Henderson. "There's one objective and all we're asking is that we have a less troublesome preparation this time! We liked the timing of the Sandown race in February – last year it told them the horse was wrong – as a final prep but where we start I'm not sure. We either go Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdle or just go to the Bula and we haven't ruled out the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on November 14 as a starting point."

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The Triumph winner Soldatino is likely to start off in a four-year-olds only hurdle at Haydock. "We've no idea how good he is," said Henderson. "He won the Adonis and Triumph Hurdles and then we put him away."

Zaynar, third behind Binocular, will start off the same as he did last season over two and a half miles in the Ascot Hurdle and then take in the Cleeve Hurdle ahead of a likely clash with Big Buck's in the World Hurdle.

Punjabi, the 2009 Champion, will be schooled over fences with a view to going chasing. "We've taken the view that he's not going to beat the younger horses now so he's off two-mile novice chasing."

Long Run's first major target is the King George though his reappearance will be in the Paddy Power Gold Cup in which rider Sam Waley-Cohen's 5lb claim will give him a fighting chance. "He was so good in the Feltham last year and he was probably past his best by Cheltenham," explained Henderson. "He's grown an inch over the summer. He will bump into you-know-who [Kauto Star] at Kempton. We know he will be able to go with him but whether he can go past him, that's another question."

Punchestowns returned from last year's RSA Chase with a cracked bone in his hock. "We are a bit behind with him and he only started cantering this week," conceded the trainer. "He'll start off in an intermediate chase at Sandown over three miles in December." Burton Port, runner-up in the RSA Chase, will represent the yard in the Hennessy after a prep over brush hurdles at Haydock.

Among a host of interesting new recruits are A Media Luz, a filly who finished sixth in the Prix Diane and is Triumph Hurdle favourite despite not having seen a hurdle, and Surfing, a four-year-old who is already a chase winner at Auteuil described as being in the 'Long Run mould' by the trainer.
Report CVByrne September 26, 2010 9:49 PM BST
Morgania vs Hurricane Fly and Solwhit, yes please. Send Binocular there. I'm sure Hurricane Fly will go for the Bula after that, so we'll hopefully get to see the two clash before Cheltenham.
Report kwality September 26, 2010 10:24 PM BST
Any prices around for Burton Port doing the double (Gold Cup/ National). Trevor Hemmings had another horse who went pretty close to doing it! Wouldnt be surprised to see him in the national, i suppose it also means that there is no danger of Albertas Run being stepped back up in trip as well
Report 3132 September 27, 2010 8:01 AM BST
Looks like the race Diamond Harry won at Haydock last year then...that could end up quite a hot race this year as a few have been talking about using that race as stepping stone.
Report bigben September 27, 2010 9:14 AM BST
The race that Diamond Harry won last year (Burton Port was second) is only a week before The Hennessy.
Report revedesivola September 27, 2010 12:10 PM BST
yeah it would be interesting to see if diamond harry can be better than him over fences this year as was so impressive at haydock
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