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Binocular and Overturn to resume their rivalry

BINOCULAR will face a maximum of six rivals as he bids for a second successive victory in the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle on St Stephen’s Day.

The seven-year-old impressed in the Kempton Grade One last season when beating Overturn, but has been disappointing since.

Overturn gained his revenge when landing the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle last month, and the pair are set for a third clash on Monday.

Overturn’s trainer has interestingly also entered Drill Sergeant, while champion trainer Paul Nicholls could saddle impressive Newbury winner Rock On Ruby, as well as Sanctuaire.

Greatwood Hurdle runner-up Olofi and Clerk’s Choice complete the seven entries after the race was reopened.

Graham Wylie sees Prospect Wells as an ideal candidate for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle following his highly creditable performance at Ascot last Saturday.

The six-year-old was sent off favourite for The Ladbroke last weekend and although beaten into fourth in the lucrative handicap, his owner said: “The thing we have to remember with him is that he’s only a novice.

“Paul put him in the race to have a look and because he was favourite, he felt almost obliged to run, and |he did run a very good race.

Hayley Turner has been named the inaugural winner of the William Hill Sports Woman Of The Year Award.

The dual Group One-winning jockey came out on top after attracting 11,135 votes, nearly a quarter of the 46,662 votes cast.

Kempton have announced Racing + newspaper as the new backer of the track’s showpiece handicap chase in February.

Run as the Racing Post Chase since its inception in 1988, the three-mile event will be staged on February 25.

The sponsorship of the £100,000 race is for three years.


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