Henderson reveals plans

Star hurdlers given different prep targets

Last Updated: 01/01/12 4:36pm

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Nicky Henderson: Outlined Festival plans

Nicky Henderson: Outlined Festival plans

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Nicky Henderson's three probable Champion Hurdle runners will each have one more outing before March, the trainer has revealed.

The Seven Barrows trainer outlined his plans for Binocular, Grandouet and Spirit Son at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

He said: "Spirit Son worked very well on Saturday and is about three weeks off a run. I think the old Agfa Hurdle could be the race for him ahead of Cheltenham.

"For obvious reasons we won't be taking Binocular to Sandown and I've yet to decide where he'll go. It's possible he could run in Ireland.

"The Kingwell at Wincanton looks the right trial for Grandouet. All three of them are in very good order."

Henrietta Knight has revised her initial plan of going for the Gold Cup with Somersby following his creditable fourth to Kauto Star in the King George VI Chase.

The Lockinge trainer said: "I think the distance of the Ryanair Chase is the right one for him."

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