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  • Mccoy Tent On Par With Darlan

williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330 5th £2,680 6th £1,340
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 57.10s
  • Off time: 14:35:26
Full result
Result 14:35 Kempton Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 My Tent Or Yours 11/8
2nd 6 The New One ½ 5/6f
  • Last Updated: December 24 2013, 11:47 GMT

Views from connections ahead of the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day.

The New One: Returns to Kempton for the Christmas Hurdle
The New One: Returns to Kempton for the Christmas Hurdle

Champion jockey Tony McCoy feels that My Tent Or Yours is already on a par with last year's williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle winner Darlan as he looks for a fourth successive win in the Kempton Grade One.

McCoy teams up with Nicky Henderson again after the pair struck with the ill-fated Darlan last December, following on from two successes for the recently-retired Binocular, who also claimed the 2010 Champion Hurdle.

While McCoy feels it would be premature to class My Tent Or Yours in the same bracket as Binocular at this stage, he has high hopes for the six-year-old.

Speaking to William Hill radio McCoy said: "I've been lucky enough to win a few Christmas Hurdles which is always great and it always brightens up my Christmas, that's for sure, so I'd like another go at winning it this year.

"I'm not sure My Tent Or Yours is on a par with Binocular yet but he's probably on a par with Darlan."

Fellow Champion Hurdle hopeful The New One also lines up at Kempton and McCoy admits the race presents a stiff task.

"The New One looks very exciting, he was a winner last time out in the International and obviously won the Neptune at the Festival and he's near enough favourite for the Champion Hurdle," he said.

"This is probably a better race than in the past and The New One will be hard to beat, but hopefully My Tent Or Yours will put it up to him and hopefully beat him. It looks between the two of them.

"Hopefully the flatter track might help My Tent Or Yours more than The New One. I don't think soft ground would harm My Tent Or Yours any more than it would The New One."

Sam Twiston-Davies, rider of The New One for his father Nigel, is aware he will be in a tactical battle with McCoy and My Tent Or Yours.

The in-form jockey held on to his mount until before the final flight in the International before he raced clear on the run-in.

"Obviously we were very happy with him at Cheltenham," he told BBC Radio Wales.

"He has a very high cruising speed and the one thing about him is he has a really sharp turn of foot at the end, when you go for him it's instant.

"How we ride him will be different to Cheltenham as My Tent Or Yours is very similar to us in the way he can travel, with a high cruising speed and a turn of foot as well."

Grumeti, who was third in the 2012 Triumph and later won at Aintree, missed the whole of last season, is also in the line-up.

Alan King's gelding made a satisfactory comeback by finishing third to My Tent Or Yours at Newcastle, while sixth-placed Duke Of Navan is sent south from Cumbria by trainer Nicky Richards.

King knows Grumeti must make plenty of improvement but he is still, like the big two, considered a Champion Hurdle prospect.

"Grumeti is a horse who has had very little racing in the last year, so needs the practice," the trainer told www.alankingracing.co.uk.

"I was happy with him at Newcastle, where he just got a bit tired after the last and was run out of it for second, but he should be a lot sharper for the race and I'd like to think he will keep on progressing.

"He has been in very good form at home and, though we could well think about stepping him up in trip one day, I still have the Champion Hurdle very much in mind."

The field is completed by the Paul Nicholls-trained Sametegal, who was a very respectable second to Dell' Arca when conceding a lot of weight in the Greatwood Hurdle, and the rank outsider Chapel House.

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