Tent trimmed for Festival glory
My Tent Or Yours has been trimmed to 4/1 in places to win the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham following his easy-but-expected success at Kempton on Sunday afternoon.
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The seven-year-old, who bypassed a couple of possible alternative contests in recent days in favour of this engagement, had too much in his locker for his rivals from two furlongs out and went on to win by four and a half lengths under AP McCoy.
bet365 and sportingbet cut his odds to 4/1, but 5/1 is still being offered by Paddy Power and Stan James.
The New One and Hurricane Fly can both be backed at 3/1 although the latter is marginal 11/4 favourite with several firms.
Foxrock remains the favourite for next month's National Hunt Chase at a best of 7/1 with Ladbrokes after he continued his progression for the Cheltenham Festival by taking the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan.
A Grade Two winner at Naas last month, the Ted Walsh-trained six-year-old was striking again at the same level here, but although he had only half a length in hand of the running-on My Murphy at the winning post, the winning margin probably underestimates his superiority.
Stan James and Boylesports were impressed enough to cut his odds to 5/1 while bet365, totesport, Betfred and 888sport all go 11/2.
Shotgun Paddy is next in the betting at a general 8/1 while Sam Winner can be backed at 10/1.
Bright New Dawn claimed top honours at Navan in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase today under Bryan Cooper but is set to miss Cheltenham.
In what effectively turned into a match with Mallowney, the two principals jumped two out more or less together, but Dessie Hughes' charge got the better of the argument going to the last and asserted on the run-in to record a clear-cut triumph as the 5/4 favourite.
Sky Bet initially cut him to 14/1 from 20/1 for the JLT Novices Chase, 25/1 from 33/1 for the Arkle and 25/1 from 33/1 for the RSA Chase.
But after the race, Hughes said: "I'm pleased with that, and he battled when he needed to. I don't know about Cheltenham, he looks an ideal horse for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse and maybe Punchestown after that."
West Wizard, who was initially favourite for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle when the sponsors opened their betting, has been ruled out of his possible entry by Nicky Henderson.
Dai Walters' gelding had drifted in the market after being beaten by Sgt Reckless on his only start over hurdles at Kempton in November and today Henderson said: "He has just had issues. You could bring him back and win a novice in March somewhere, but there's no point in that.''
Vautour is favourite at a best of 7/2 while Irving and Wicklow Brave are next in the running at 8/1 and 10/1 respectively.