Henderson looking to pitch Tent at Cheltenham
My Tent Or Yours (left) and Hargam (right) could run this weekend
PICTURE: Getty Images Henderson looking to pitch Tent at Cheltenham By David Baxter 8:00PM 5 DEC 2016
LAST season Nicky Henderson was unable to get My Tent Or Yours to the track until the Champion Hurdle when he ran a massive race to be second.
This term Henderson is looking to get a full campaign into the nine-year-old, and his next assignment could be Saturday's Grade 2 stanjames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham.
My Tent Or Yours has already had a start this season when third behind Ch'Tibello and Melodic Rendezvous at Haydock last month and with better ground anticipated on Saturday, Henderson is looking for an improved effort.
He said: "It was a very messy race for My Tent Or Yours at Haydock on bottomless ground. We all know that he does not like that. The problem was that we needed to get a run into him.
"We could have waited for the Fighting Fifth but that would have come too close to this race – he had to go to Haydock. He was nicely relaxed but he could not handle the ground and it was a sprint at the end. He is suited by a very strong run two miles, while he loves Cheltenham and good ground."
Hargam also in the mix
Henderson had the favourite for the International Hurdle last year with Peace And Co, but he finished last after refusing to settle. Another stablemate, Hargam, finished third on that occasion and could be back again on Saturday.
The trainer added: "Hargam is a handicapper who cannot run in a handicap because he gets so much weight. We got lucky that he won a nice Listed race [at Kempton in October] but he is not good enough to win a Grade 1. It is good prize-money on Saturday and he will take his chance."
Last year's winner Old Guard could defend his title, while The New One, whose chase debut at Exeter last week was postponed when the meeting was called off, is another possible.
Yanworth, who like My Tent Or Yours carries the colours of owner JP McManus, was installed the 7-4 favourite by the race sponsors on Monday but trainer Alan King said he is more likely to run in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on December 26 next.
The going on the chase and hurdle courses at Cheltenham was described as good on Monday, with selective watering taking place to maintain the current description.
The track's two-day International meeting starts on Friday, with rain forecast towards the end of the week.