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
- Winning time: 3m 57.10s
- Off time: 14:35:26
|1st||4 My Tent Or Yours||11/8|
|2nd||6 The New One||½||5/6f|
Chapel House 78
|10||161 11-7||R C Harper||Thomas Cheesman||74||100/1|
Duke Of Navan (IRE) 26
|5||161 11-7||N G Richards||B Harding||145||50/1|
|5||161 11-7||A King||R Thornton||151||16/1|
My Tent Or Yours (IRE) 26
|6||161 11-7||N J Henderson||A P McCoy||160||11/8|
Sametegal (FR) 39
|4||161 11-7 t1||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||150||12/1|
The New One (IRE) 12
|5||161 11-7||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||167||5/6f|
||5||11-7||N J Henderson||A P McCoy||3/1|
My Tent Or Yours is a high-class hurdler, as he showed when easily winning the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on his reappearance. It's difficult to see either third Grumeti or sixth Duke Of Navan reversing the form here. But THE NEW ONE was equally impressive in landing a Grade 2 at Cheltenham 12 days ago when the ground was arguably faster than ideal. Sam Twiston-Davies is likely to have his mount up with the pace throughout on this sharper track and he can run the finish off Nicky Henderson's six-year-old. Sametegal, third in last season's Triumph Hurdle, has some useful form to his name but may struggle to make an impact against a couple of genuine Champion Hurdle contenders.
My Tent Or Yours (IRE) 8-11fav (11-7) Raced keenly, held up in 6th, smooth headway after 4 out, challenged on inside after next, led 2 out, 2 lengths clear when went left last, driven out and well in command flat, won at Newcastle 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Nov beating Cockney Sparrow (11-0) by 3l, 8 ran.
The New One (IRE) 2-5fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching last where not fluent, joined flat, ridden to assert, drew clear final 100 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hdl G2 (1) gd beating Zarkandar (11-8) by 6l, 7 ran.
Sametegal (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 3rd, not fluent 5th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd next, challenged last, soon led, headed 150 yards out, stayed on, held close home, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Dell' Arca (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Nov.
Duke Of Navan (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Raced keenly, held up in last pair, chased leaders before 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders from next, 6th of 8, 14l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Nov.
Grumeti 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, led narrowly after next, headed 2 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths down in 2nd last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 6l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Nov.
Chapel House 20-1 (10-3) Tracked clear leader, ridden and weakened from 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Safferano (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct, 10 ran.