My Tent Or Yours heads to an emotional victory at NewburyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
My Tent Or Yours romps to Betfair Hurdle victory
Report: Newbury, Saturday
Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m½f, 4yo+
MY TENT OR YOURS made a mockery of what looked a tough task as the 5-1 favourite cruised to a remarkably easy victory in the Betfair Hurdle under Tony McCoy.
The six-year-old was cut by the sponsors to 7-4 (from 8) for the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Paddy Power installed him as a 6-1 chance (with a run) for the Stan James Champion Hurdle, for which he would need to be supplemented.
My Tent Or Yours shares connections with Darlan, who suffered a fatal injury on Monday, and his victory marked a welcome change of fortunes for trainer Nicky Henderson and his team, jockey AP McCoy and owner JP McManus who had been hard hit by the loss of such a promising young racehorse.
An emotional McCoy said: "It's been a tough week and I haven't been able to talk about it much. I'm delighted for JP [McManus] and [his wife] Noreen, it's been a tough week for them.
"I'd rather not talk about it because it's a tough thing but that's sport and racing and you've just got to get on with it and try and think positive all the time, you can dwell on it but it won't bring them back."
McCoy added: "That was a very good performance off a high mark for a novice on testing ground. He takes a keen hold and I thought the ground may catch us out.
"I'd rather wait until next season for the Champion Hurdle and go for the Supreme, but we'll leave that decision up to the owner and trainer. The week started on a horrific note for everyone involved with Darlan, and that's the difficult part of the sport."
Henderson said: "This horse be terribly keen and a stronger pace would have helped. He has gears and can quicken up. We hadn't thought about the Champion Hurdle; we'd been looking at the Supreme."
Cotton Mill (9-1) chased home My Tent Or Yours with Swing Bowler third at 8-1 and Dark Lover fourth at 16-1.
Jack Quinlan, who rode Cotton Mill into second, said: "What a fantastic run. He didn't miss a beat and jumped and travelled superbly. It was his first run for a long time and you'd have to think he will improve for that, he's certainly entitled too. You'd have to be hopeful he could go to Cheltenham and run well."
Swing Bowler's trainer David Pipe said: "I'm thrilled with that. It's only her second run in a competitive handicap so she's run a blinder. We'll have a word with Timmy but something like the County Hurdle could be next."