My Tent is Champion class

  • Last Updated: February 12 2013, 10:53 GMT

The British Horeseracing Authority's handicapper has raised My Tent Or Yours by 13lbs following his impressive win in Saturday's Betfair Hurdle.

My Tent Or Yours: Already verging on Champion Hurdle class
My Tent Or Yours: Already verging on Champion Hurdle class

Nicky Henderson's five year old sluiced up in the ultra-competitive handicap at Newbury from a mark of 149 on just his fourth start over hurdles.

As a result, his handicap mark has shot up to a perch of 162 - a rating which is in the same ball park as many of the recent winners of the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

The JP McManus owned gelding would need to be supplemented for the blue riband race, a contest for which he already has former winner Binocular entered, and Henderson has indicated that My Tent Or Yours is likelier to line-up in the William Hill Supreme Novices.

McManus, of course, also owns Jezki who headed the ante-post market for Tuesday's opening contest before being usurped by My Tent Or Yours.

The handicapper responsible, David Dickinson, used Petit Robin as the marker for the race.

Dickinson said on his blog on "There are holes that can be picked in Saturday's race. There was no obvious front runner so the steady pace saw the field stacked up tightly to the home turn.

"Leaving the rail behind on the run to three out, the pace appeared to be quickened markedly by those at the head of affairs and those racing off it were left at a sizeable disadvantage. That said it would be hard to fault the manner of My Tent Or Yours' success.

"If this rating is confirmed at the end of the season he will be the highest rated 2m novice hurdler during my tenure. The last novice hurdler with a higher rating was Iris's Gift, who earned a mark of 167 when beaten narrowly by Baracouda in the 2003 Stayers' Hurdle."

In other news from Newbury, Silviniaco Conti was raised 3lbs to a mark of 175 following his defeat of The Giant Bolster in the Denman Chase.

Head of Handicapping Phil Smith commented in his blog on "In the last year his performances have been 144, 156, 168, 172, and on Saturday I have him running to 175. The chances are that he will have to improve again to win this year's Gold Cup as Bobs Worth is moving in a similar direction.

"What I liked about Silviniaco Conti was his staying power because Saturday's race was run at a fierce pace. The ex-French Mail De Bievre set a scorching gallop until his stamina gave way and the time was just under sixteen seconds faster than that of Unioniste in the novice chase later on the card. That equates to more than 60 lengths on the prevailing soft ground."

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