Maguire hails Peddlers' pace
UNBEATEN Cheltenham winner Peddlers Cross looks like being Binocular's biggest threat in Saturday's Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
Despite winning over 2m 5f at last season's Cheltenham Festival, the Donald McCain-trained gelding has been earmarked as a Champion Hurdle contender, and jockey Jason Maguire is confident his charge has sufficient pace for the two-mile crown.
"He looks to have got stronger and everything," explained the Meath rider.
"At Cheltenham it looked like he stayed well over two-mile-five and he keeps showing so much speed. They can step up in trip if they have to."
However, Nicky Henderson is already looking at an alternative for Binocular if the card is postponed due to a cold snap.
"I'm frightened about the weather -- it looks horrible," he said. "I talked to JP (McManus) and Plan B would be to go to Cheltenham (on December 11), but that's too close to the Christmas Hurdle."