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Hurdle headache for HendersonHeadlines

Nicky Henderson admits he is facing a severe headache in keeping all his Champion Hurdle prospects apart during this wet winter.

While the trainer showed off three horses as possibilities for the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton as part of a press visit to his stable, Binocular appears the only one of the trio to be a certain runner there. JP McManus' slick gelding has landed the Grade One twice in a row, beating Rock On Ruby last Boxing Day before finishing fourth to him in the Champion itself.

"He'll definitely go straight to Kempton - he's in good form and might have a racecourse gallop," Henderson said.

From there, it gets tricky for a handler who has taken the Cheltenham crown five times already. Another of owner JP McManus' stars Darlan, who was second in the Supreme and then a winner at Aintree, has missed one possible outing because of the deep going at Cheltenham's Open meeting, and may lose out again in Saturday's Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Henderson said: "I was talking to AP McCoy and we don't think he likes soft ground so we'd be loathe to run him at Newcastle. Even if it was called off and moved to Newbury, as they have done before, it would be heavy ground there too. I'm not sure JP would want to run them both at Kempton either. It's an impossible situation."

The trainer has pencilled in Grandouet for next month's International Hurdle at Cheltenham, the scene of his most recent outing and victory almost 12 months ago.

Henderson said: "Grandouet worked really well this morning and will go to Cheltenham. He injured a near-hind joint, but Barry Geraghty sat on him last week and said he felt great. If he runs at Cheltenham, he wouldn't go to Kempton."

Henderson pitched another smart hurdler into the mix in Cash And Go, who was second in the valuable handicap at the Open on his debut since leaving Edward O'Grady.

"I think he might be worth another run in a good handicap, so will go for the Ladbroke at Ascot, I suppose," he said.

Oscar Whisky will again run in the Relkeel Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham meeting.

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