The British Horseracing Authority have helped explain Binocular’s remarkable absence from the 2011 Stan James Champion
The long time ante post favourite was left out of the field for Tuesday’s
feature after testing positive for a banned substance and Nicky Henderson
removed the star from the race following BHA consultation.
A BHA statement readexplained: "The Authority received an elective test
request from Nicky Henderson this week. The results of those tests came through
on Thursday and Binocular had a screening finding for a legitimate veterinary
"We all wanted to give Binocular every chance to run, both from
connections' point of view and also thinking of those that had backed him for
the Champion Hurdle, therefore over the weekend HFL tested further
"The results of those tests were still positive. We advised Nicky Henderson
and his vets of this result on Saturday night and, bearing in mind that against
expectations the levels of the substance were remaining constant, the clear
advice was that Binocular would test positive on raceday.
"We were informed following a further conference call with connections that
they had therefore decided not to declare the horse.
"This is obviously bitterly disappointing for connections and also for
backers of Binocular, but based on all the information to hand it is the only
decision that could be taken in the interests of both the horse and the
integrity of the sport.
"Because the horse has not run and because the substance is a legitimate
medication, we want to be clear that this screening finding is not a breach of
"We will continue to assist where we can in establishing when Binocular
tests negative and can therefore race again."