Henderson could pitch Tent at Betfair Hurdle
Updated: Friday, 11 Jan 2013 21:09
Nicky Henderson's thought process over My Tent Or Yours was fairly transparent as he took the gelding to Huntingdon for the EBF Connolly's Red Mills "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.
Bookmakers were reporting support in the morning for the well-regarded gelding in the market for next month's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, and this bloodless victory ensures he has the correct qualifications for the valuable handicap.
My Tent Or Yours had beaten subsequent Challow Hurdle scorer Taquin Du Seuil on his reappearance at Ascot and in cruising seven lengths clear of useful bumper horse Population in chilly Cambridgeshire, he proved that his more recent defeat to stablemate Chatterbox at Newbury was just a minor blip on unsuitably soft ground.
Carrying the colours of JP McManus, the 4-7 favourite is following a similar path to that of the owner's Darlan, who fell when well in contention in the Betfair and has become a live Champion Hurdle contender.
Henderson said after the win: "He's in there, he's had his three runs over hurdles and we did the same with Darlan last year. It's an option.
"He has got a lot of natural and raw talent, he just needs to learn how to use it.
"I worried a bit after his run on heavy ground at Newbury the other day but it's good to get him back on track. He still needs to relax a bit more, but he'll learn."