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Binocular Wins the Champion Hurdle Cheltenham 16.03.2010

Binocular: his half-brother, Remember Now, took the handicap hurdle at Stratford on Monday

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Stratford: Binocular's half-brother off the mark

BINOCULAR won't get the chance to add a second Champion Hurdle to his resume on Tuesday buthis younger half-brother Remember Now did his bit to boost the family record when running out a game winner of the 2m handicap hurdle at Stratford.

It was the first victory for the five-year-old son of Anabaa Blue, who like his celebrated sibling, is trained by Nicky Henderson on behalf of J P McManus. Bred by trainer Elie Lellouche, he is the fourth winner out of the Listed-placed jumper Bleu Ciel Et Blanc, who is by the Lellouche-trained Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud hero Pistolet Bleu.

Bleu Ciel Et Blanc has a two-year-old filly by Westerner and a yearling colt by Flemensfirth.

Commemoration Day, a son of Daylami making his first start for Charlie Longsdon, landed Stratford's feature event, the 2m7f handicap chase. The gelding was bred by Reg Griffin and Jim McGrath out of the Lyphard mare Bequeath and is a half-brother to Group 2 Challenge Stakes winner Decorated Hero.

Commemoration Day was a bargain 3,500gns purchase by Christian von der Recke on his most recent trip through the ring at the 2006 DBS January Sale.




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