Thursday 23 November 2017

My Tent delivers

Nick Robson

My Tent Or Yours enhanced his Champion Hurdle claims with a straightforward victory in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old was promoted to 7/2 favourite by the sponsors for the Cheltenham championship in March after his three-length victory over John Quinn's grand mare Cockney Sparrow.

Henderson and champion jockey Tony McCoy had not enjoyed the best of luck in this race in the past, with Binocular sent off a short-priced favourite three years in a row but failing to win the Grade One. However, nothing other than a pretty easy success ever looked likely as My Tent Or Yours jumped to the front at the second-last flight, with McCoy just keeping him up to his work.

The disappointment of the race was Elite Hurdle winner Melodic Rendezvous, which never threatened in fifth.

The Christmas Hurdle at Kempton now beckons for the winner on his route, no doubt, for a crack at the likes of Hurricane Fly and The New One in March.

McCoy, who completed a treble on the day, said: "He's won easy but you would have wanted him to really."

Sunday Independent

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