Tony McCoy's ride on Binocular in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown was the subject of an inquiry after which the stewards expressed themselves satisfied.
The 2010 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle hero travelled well enough for a long way in the Grade One contest on his first outing since last March, but he was left in Hurricane Fly's wake and then just failed to get past Thousand Stars on the run to the line when trying to grab second spot. He went down by a nose.
The stewards inquired into the running and riding of the gelding and after interviewing both trainer Nicky Henderson and McCoy, accepted their explanations.
Henderson stated McCoy was not tied to any instructions as he knew the horse well and that he was having his first run since March and the weather had held up his preparations, despite him being the same weight as for his last run.
He was satisfied with the ride, but expressed the view that the horse would be seen to better effect on better ground.
McCoy explained that he intended to follow Hurricane Fly, but before the second-last he knew he would not be able to challenge the winner, while still hoping to obtain second place.
Despite riding out and squeezing all the way up the straight he was unable to get past the second horse, and added Binocular was inclined to lean left, showing he was tired.
"The stewards had a look at it and they were quite happy. There's nothing more to say about it," said Frank Berry, racing manager to Binocular's owner JP McManus.
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