Nicky Henderson running out of options to find Champion Hurdle prep race for Binocular

February 9th, 20125:25 am @


Henderson walked Newbury with champion jockey A P McCoy yesterday and both
appeared happy with their inspection only days ahead of the Betfair Super
Saturday card. However, that news was tempered a little by the forecast for
snow and rain later in the week. Nevertheless, on wednesday night Betfair
customers were offering odds of 4-9 that the meeting will take place.

Quito De La Roque, who scoped badly, and Jessies Dream, who worked poorly on
Wednesday, are to miss the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Godolphin’s dual Classic-winning filly Blue Bunting has been retired from
racing after suffering a leg injury. She won the 1,000 Guineas and the Irish
Oaks before beating her elders in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Wolverhampton is the only surviving meeting on Thursday after the cards at
Huntingdon and Taunton were claimed by the freezing weather.

Friday’s fixtures at Bangor and Kempton face an inspection at 8am on THursday
and prospects for both appear bleak. Should Kempton’s jump card be lost then
an all-weather bumper card for jumpers will be staged instead.

While hopes that Newbury will be able to race on Saturday continue to rise the
meetings at Uttoxeter and Warwick are under serious threat. Uttoxeter
inspect at 1.30 on THursday while Warwick will assess their prospects
half-an-hour later.

The BHA have announced that there will be an additional all-weather Flat
meeting at Kempton on Saturday while Southwell will now stage an all-weather
bumper meeting on Sunday.

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