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My Tent Or Yours to continue Cheltenham preparation at Kempton

Updated: Friday, 14 Feb 2014 18:15 | Comments

My Tent or Yours is one of the market leaders for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March
My Tent or Yours is one of the market leaders for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March

My Tent Or Yours has an unorthodox preparatory run for the Stan James Champion Hurdle when he lines-up for a jumpers' bumper on an additional meeting at Kempton on Sunday.

Trainer Nicky Henderson saddles the seven-year-old in the two-mile kempton.co.uk ‘Jumpers' Bumper’ National Hunt Flat Race after being thwarted by the weather in his attempts to run JP McManus's star over hurdles before next month's Cheltenham showpiece.

The prevailing testing conditions on turf made Henderson scrap plans to run him in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso and Wincanton's Kingwell Hurdle this week.

My Tent Or Yours is one of the market leaders at around 5-1 for the Champion Hurdle on 11 March, and was last seen in action on this track on St Stephen’s Day when he added the Christmas Hurdle to his Fighting Fifth triumph.

"I know Jezki is in there as well and I wouldn't rule out him running well" - Tony McCoy

"With the weather being so bad it's a nice opportunity to get him out," said Frank Berry, racing manager to McManus. "He's in good form and we hope everything goes well. Hopefully that will help him be spot on for Cheltenham.

"We're looking forward to seeing him out on Sunday and hope he gets round OK."

Tony McCoy, meanwhile, has said he expects to ride My Tent Or Yours at Cheltenham, rather then Jezki.

Both horses are owned by McManus, and both have Festival form, with the Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours second to Champagne Fever in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle 12 months ago.

Jezki was third in the same race, but My Tent Or Yours has so far enjoyed a slightly more fruitful first senior campaign, winning the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdles.

For his part Jessica Harrington's Jezki has claimed the Hatton's Grace and finished second and fourth to two-mile king Hurricane Fly, not beaten far on either occasion although slightly disappointing most recently in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

McCoy told Luke Harvey on the At The Races Get In! programme: "I probably am going to ride My Tent Or Yours in the Champion Hurdle. I know Jezki is in there as well and I wouldn't rule out him running well, I just think he's a horse that would be better ridden a little bit differently.

"He won the Hatton's Grace over two and a half miles and he stays really well, he might benefit from being ridden a little bit more positively."

For Saturday's race, the owner also has O'Callaghan Strand and Prompter, both trained by Jonjo O'Neill, in this race for which a maximum field of 16 was declared.

"Jonjo's getting them out. It's an opportunity to get a race into them," said Berry.

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