Henderson hopeful for My Tent

  • Last Updated: March 5 2014, 18:07 GMT

Nicky Henderson believes My Tent Or Yours would be "very, very unlucky" if the foot problem he is thought to have developed earlier in the week leads to his withdrawal from the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

Nicky Henderson with My Tent Or Yours last week
Nicky Henderson with My Tent Or Yours last week

The seven-year-old's Cheltenham Festival preparations received a jolt after it was found he had sustained a wound on his near-fore sole.

Henderson nonetheless remains upbeat the JP McManus-owned My Tent Or Yours will prove his fitness in time for the Champion Hurdle next Tuesday, for which he is available at 5/1 with Sky Bet.

The Seven Barrows handler said: "It's a little puncture, right in the middle of the sole. It's a bad spot as you can't really put a pad on it.

"It's clean and it now needs 24 hours to harden off, and then we'll see where we are. When we changed his shoe he was in some discomfort, but his shoe is now back on.

"I would suspect there's every possibility he'll have a swim tomorrow, as opposed to a canter, but that doesn't worry me one iota.

"The good thing is he's done all of his work. He did a nice bit of work on Saturday and has missed nothing.

"These sort of scares happen all the time, and we would be very, very unlucky if this goes on and on."

My Tent Or Yours has already claimed two Grade Ones this term, landing the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle before following up in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day, when he beat fellow Champion Hurdle aspirant The New One.

He won a jumpers' bumper at Kempton last month to complete his Festival preparations.

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