Old rivals to clash in International Hurdle

The New One: twice successful previously in the International Hurdle

PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) Old rivals to clash in International Hurdle By Keith Melrose 10:44AM 9 DEC 2016

THE NEW ONE and My Tent Or Yours, whose rivalry stretches back to their bumper days more than four years ago, will clash again in the Grade 2 stajames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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The pair fought out the finish to Aintree's Champion Bumper in 2012 and the following year's Christmas Hurdle, with The New One prevailing narrowly both times.

However, this time My Tent Or Yours, who in March came back from injury to finish runner-up in the Champion Hurdle for a second time, is favourite. He is 11-8, including with the sponsors.

The New One's much talked about chasing career has been put on hold to contest this race and he is 10-3 with Paddy Power for a third success in the race he last won in 2014.

With both horses generally seen as a little past their top-notch best, the race is not the two-horse contest it might have been a couple of years ago. The Dan Skelton-trained Mister Miyagi, sixth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in the spring, is available at 4-1 with StanJames and Paddy Power.

Old Guard (6-1, Boylesports), Court Minstrel (25-1, Paddy Power) and Melodic Rendezvous (40-1, bet365) complete the line-up.

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