Binocular bows out

Congleton Guardian: Binocular won the 2010 Champion Hurdle Binocular won the 2010 Champion Hurdle

Former Champion Hurdle winner Binocular has been retired due to a heart issue.

While his success in the 2010 Cheltenham highlight was the gelding's finest hour, he scored 11 times in total over timber and collected Kempton's Christmas Hurdle on two occasions as well as a Grade One juvenile event at Aintree and the International when it was run at Ascot in 2008.

In a career which was not completed without a hitch, Binocular only appeared twice last season and ran his last race back in the Champion Hurdle when fifth to Hurricane Fly.

"He has been retired - he had a little heart complaint," said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus.

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