My Tent Or Yours set for Supreme

  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 15:43 GMT

Nicky Henderson admits he's leaning towards sending runaway Betfair Hurdle winner My Tent Or Yours to the William Hill Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham.

My Tent Or Yours: Supreme is his likeliest Festival target
My Tent Or Yours: Supreme is his likeliest Festival target

JP McManus' charge has been introduced into the Stan James Champion Hurdle market by most firms following the Newbury win but despite connections admitting it might be considered, the trainer is inclined to go down the novice road.

"I would have thought the obvious route was the Supreme but you have to be versatile - there are other horses in there and they are all going to be good races. Novices have won the Champion Hurdle before and a lot of very, very good horses have been beaten in the Supreme," he told Racing UK.

"I think we'll take the recognised path rather than being too ambitious. If he's that good he'll win a Champion Hurdle another day."

Despite the tragic loss of Darlan at Doncaster, Henderson was quick to stress that McManus has another leading Champion Hurdle candidate in his yard.

"JP rang yesterday, he's in America, and we had a long chat about absolutely everything under the sun. Sadly you have to look at it in the context we don't have Darlan and that still rankles but we do still have Binocular for JP and make no mistake he's in great form. He'll work tomorrow and will have a racecourse gallop somewhere.

"I was tempted to go to Wincanton and ummed and ahhed and changed my mind three times on Thursday until JP came on and we decided not to go.

"It was the ground, I'd rather he enjoyed everything he does, he jumped four hurdles this morning and was electric and that's his barometer, You can tell him by that and I'd like to keep him that way between now and Cheltenham.

"He has work to do of course but tends to be forgotten at times. He's never been a lucky horse and things haven't gone his way but he's still very good."

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