My Tent Or Yours: proved to be too good for his Aintree rivalsPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
My Tent Or Yours lands Top honours with ease
Report: Aintree, Friday
Rose Appeal Supports Alder Hey Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m½f, 4yo+
MY TENT OR YOURS sauntered to an effortless win as he provided Nicky Henderson, Tony McCoy and JP McManus with back-to-back wins in the Grade 2 race which kicked off Ladies' Day.
The six-year-old was sent off at just 4-11 but anybody who steamed into the market leader had no worries whatsoever as he cruised home 16 lengths clear of stablemate Forgotten Voice.
The winner was the ninth Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up in the last 16 years to head to Aintree, and became the eighth to win. As a result of which his odds for next year's Stan James Champion Hurdle were cut to a low of 5-1 by the sponsors.
Settled at the rear of the four-strong field by McCoy, My Tent Or Yours made his move up into a challenging position as heads were turned for home and he jumped into a clear lead when the longtime leader Brick Red made a mistake three out. From that point on it was simply a case of how far.
Henderson, who was winning this for the third time in four years, following the successes of General Miller in 2010 and the ill-fated Darlan 12 months ago, said: "When you've had a hard race at Cheltenham it's nice to just come back and get confidence and go to bed for the summer happy and relieved.
"He's got to be in the 'contenders' bracket for next year's Champion Hurdle. We'll see what everyone wants to do.
"He's had a great first season over hurdles. He has improved from last year and I don't see why he shouldn't continue to do so."
McCoy added: "People picked holes in him because he got beat at Cheltenham but I've got beat on a few good ones there. He might go back and redeem himself next year.
"He is getting better, he was still very keen in the Supreme Novices' and the more he learns the better chance he has to save his energy and use it for when it counts.
"He's got enough ability - he could be a Champion Hurdle horse or he could go chasing. We certainly won't be rushing into a decision anyway and we'll enjoy today."