Tony McCoy rides Binocular to Champion Hurdle victory
Cheltenham Festival Venue: Prestbury Park Date: 16-19 March Coverage: Live text commentary and daily reports on BBC Sport website & mobiles. Live daily coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (1300-1400) and 5 live (1400-1600) and television coverage on Channel 4 (1230-1615)
Tony McCoy celebrates his win on Binocular in the Champion Hurdle
Binocular put his recent injury problems behind him to win the Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Tony McCoy's mount, who went off at 9-1, had finished third in 2009 but was pulled out of the race last month with a muscle problem.
But he was passed fit last week and looked impressive once he took the lead turning for home.
Khyber Kim (7-1) battled well for second with Zaynar (15-2) third.
Binocular had struggled this season with defeats in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and after failing to impress at Sandown in February, was ruled out of the Cheltenham reckoning.
But the six-year-old, owned by Irish millionaire JP McManus who also owned three-time winner Istabraq, put in a couple of impressive pieces of work last week at trainer Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows yard in Berkshire.
He was always travelling sweetly under McCoy, taking command between the last two hurdles to win by three-and-a-half lengths for the Antrim man's 22nd Festival success.
"When I schooled him last week it was the first time he has hurdled like we know Binocular can - like a champion hurdler," he said afterwards.
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