Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nicky Has Newbury on Mind; My Tent or Yours Romps Home at Huntingdon

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nicky Has Newbury on Mind; My Tent or Yours Romps Home at Huntingdon

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N ICKY 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 yesterday morning for the wellregarded 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.

Carrying the colours of JP Mc-Manus, 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. The cleverly-named six-year-old was cut to 9-2 favourite by Coral and Paddy Power for the event on February 9, and Henderson said: "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."

Henderson and Tony McCoy completed a treble on the afternoon, and there were no such grand ideas for the McManus-owned Malt Master, who clinched the Connolly's Red Mills Horsecare Cubes Novices' Chase.

Proving to be a fair, if not outstanding, performer for the yard, the 11-10 favourite was functional rather than flamboyant on his second try over fences but sped five lengths clear of the John Ferguson-trained Asaid on the run to the line.

"He hasn't had many runs and was a little low at his fences, but he's just creeping along quietly," said Henderson.

"There aren't any fancy plans."

Glorious Twelfth (4-9 favourite) will eventually join the expanding breeding operation of owner Richard Kelvin Hughes but must also have racing potential on the evidence of the Connolly's Red Mills Horse Cooked Mix Mares' Maiden Hurdle. …

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