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  • My Tent Or Yours Cruises To Win

E.B.F. Connolly's Red Mills 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 110y

  • (4-7yo, 2m 110y, Class 4, 13 runners)
  • Winner £3,444 2nd £1,011 3rd £506 4th £253
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.80s
  • Off time: 13:21:02
  • Last Updated: January 11 2013, 16:53 GMT

Nicky Henderson's thought process over My Tent Or Yours was fairly transparent as he took the gelding to Huntingdon for the EBF Connolly's Red Mills "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

  • My Tent Or Yours clears the last under Tony McCoy...
  • ...and saunters to an impressive victory. 
  • Malt Master on his way to victory in the novice chase 
  • Glorious Twelfth completes a treble for the jockey and trainer Nicky Henderson 

Bookmakers were reporting support in the morning for the well-regarded gelding in the market for next month's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, and this bloodless victory ensures he has the correct qualifications for the valuable handicap.

My Tent Or Yours had beaten subsequent Challow Hurdle scorer Taquin Du Seuil on his reappearance at Ascot and in cruising seven lengths clear of useful bumper horse Population in chilly Cambridgeshire, he proved that his more recent defeat to stablemate Chatterbox at Newbury was just a minor blip.

Carrying the colours of JP McManus, the 4-7 favourite is following a similar path to that of the owner's Darlan, who fell when well in contention in the Betfair and has become a live Champion Hurdle contender.

The cleverly-named six-year-old was cut to 9-2 favourite by Coral and Paddy Power for the event on February 9, and Henderson said: "He's in there, he's had his three runs over hurdles and we did the same with Darlan last year. It's an option.

"He has got a lot of natural and raw talent, he just needs to learn how to use it. I worried a bit after his run on heavy ground at Newbury the other day but it's good to get him back on track. He still needs to relax a bit more, but he'll learn."

Henderson and Tony McCoy completed a treble on the afternoon, and there were no such grand ideas for the McManus-owned Malt Master, who clinched the Connolly's Red Mills Horsecare Cubes Novices' Chase.

Proving to be a fair, if not outstanding, performer for the yard, the 11-10 favourite was functional rather than flamboyant on his second try over fences but sped five lengths clear of the John Ferguson-trained Asaid on the run to the line.

"He hasn't had many runs and was a little low at his fences, but he's just creeping along quietly," said Henderson. "There aren't any fancy plans."

Glorious Twelfth (4-9 favourite) will eventually join the expanding breeding operation of owner Richard Kelvin Hughes but must also have racing potential on the evidence of the Connolly's Red Mills Horse Cooked Mix Mares' Maiden Hurdle.

Henderson said: "She has a wonderful pedigree as a daughter of Bilboa and is really the next in line after horses like My Petra and Chomba Womba. The mares' final at Newbury is the obvious one for her."

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