Henderson plays it safe with My Tent

Nicky Henderson must choose another starting point for My Tent Or Yours after the dual Champion Hurdle runner-up was a late withdrawal from the Better Odds With Betfair Exchange Hurdle at Kempton.

My Tent Or Yours: Could go to Newcastle

The Betfair Price Rush Hurdle at Haydock and the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle next month are possible races for the JP McManus-owned nine-year-old.

Henderson decided not to let My Tent Or Yours take his chance as he felt the ground was too quick, although he did still win the race with Hargam in the same colours.

The Seven Barrows trainer is treading carefully with My Tent Or Yours, who returned from a near two-year absence through injury when second to Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle, in which he filled the same position in 2014.

"We wanted good ground and we did wonder on Friday whether to declare him and there was a band of rain coming in on Saturday," Henderson told Racing UK

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"There are very few races for these horses, particularly at this time of year. I wanted to run them both.

"There was plenty of rain on Saturday night. I admit to being confused by it. I thought it was plenty quick enough.

"The jockeys said it rode nicely but two years ago we had to take the whole year out.

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"Last year we were plagued with sore shins so he never got to run until the Champion Hurdle. When you're at his age and had his sort of setbacks, we can't afford another one."

He went on: "He's got to try to get to March again. We tried to be more on the ball and get an autumn campaign going. We thought about the Istabraq Hurdle (at Tipperary) but he wasn't quite ready for that.

"I got cold feet at the end of the day. It's a long time until March and at his age we can't get it wrong again. That would be the end of his career. It would be all over.

"I think we have to look at Haydock and the Fighting Fifth, maybe come back here for the Christmas Hurdle.

"Things have gone well which is why we are ready at this stage, but we couldn't do it today."

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