Binocular (horse)

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Binocular and jockey Tony McCoy parading before the 2009 WBX Fighting Fifth Hurdle
Sire Enrique
Grandsire Barathea
Dam Bleu Ciel Et Blanc
Damsire Pistolet Bleu
Sex Gelding
Foaled 2004
Country France
Colour Bay
Breeder Elie Lellouche
Owner J. P. McManus
Trainer Nicky Henderson
Record 9-3-2 (18 starts)
Earnings £583,478
Major wins
Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle (2008)
Champion Hurdle (2010)
Christmas Hurdle (2010 - run in 2011, 2011)
Last updated on 29 December 2011

Binocular, foaled on March 17, 2004 in France, is a French thoroughbred retired racehorse, born to sire, Enrique and dam Bleu Ciel Et Blanc.[1] He is owned by J. P. McManus and trained by Nicky Henderson. His primary jockey is Tony McCoy.[2]

Binocular started racing as a two-year-old when he was entered into the Prix de Belleville – for unraced colt (horse) and geldings - in October 2006. In that race, he bested 10 other horses en route to his first victory.[2] His first notable win came in February 2008 at Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England where he won the Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle, a Grade 2 National Hunt race. Although he won the race, McManus was disappointed. He said of Binocular; "It seemed that the horse didn't jump as well as he can, but Kempton is a quick track, and maybe he was not suited to it."[3]

Binocular’s first major win in a Grade 1 race came in April 2008. With jockey McCoy at the helm, he went on to win the 2008 Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle at Aintree Racecourse in Aintree, Merseyside, England where he beat Celestial Halo by 7 lengths.[4] Binocular’s other major Grade 1 National Hunt win came in the Champion Hurdle in March 2010 at Cheltenham Racecourse when he beat Khyber Kim by 3.5 lengths.[5] Binocular had originally been ruled out of the Champion Hurdle due to a muscle problem,[6] and he drifted out to as high as 999-1 to win the race.[7] However, McManus and McCoy later decided he was fit to run.[8] By winning the Champion Hurdle, he denied 4-1 race favourite[9] Go Native the chance to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown of Hurdling.[7]

Binocular’s career record reads 9 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds, with 2 of his wins coming in Grade 1 races.[2]

On December 10, 2013 it was announced that Binocular was retired due to a heart problem.[10]


  1. ^ Binocular Pedigree,, accessed 17 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Binocular Pedigree,, accessed 17 March 2010.
  3. ^ Binocular target unclear at Kempton,, 25 February 2008, accessed 17 March 2010.
  4. ^ Binocular topples Halo at Aintree,, 3 April 2008, accessed 17 March 2010.
  5. ^ Binocular avenges 2009 defeat to land shock Champion Hurdle win,, 17 March 2010, accessed 17 March 2010.
  6. ^ Binocular ruled out of Champion Hurdle reckoning by muscle problem,, 18 February 2010, accessed 17 March 2010.
  7. ^ a b Bone scans and back specialists turn 999-1 Binocular into a champion,, 16 March 2010, accessed 17 March 2010.
  8. ^ Binocular regains former dash to scoop Champion Hurdle,, 17 March 2010, accessed 17 March 2010.
  9. ^ Go Native ready to go for the million bonus,, 11 Match 2010, accessed 17 March 2010.
  10. ^ [1] Heart problem forces Binocular into retirement,, 10 December 2013, accessed 10 December 2013.

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