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My Tent Or Yours makes biggest impression for Champion Hurdle

| 04.12.2013

The Hennessy Gold cup often produces a move in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting however this year’s renewal has affected a very different market.

Winner Triolo D’Alene leapt to the top of the betting for the John Smith’s Grand National and Nicky Henderson’s ace is 20/1 for the Aintree spectacular.

The seven-year-old has already won over the unique fences when landing the Topham Chase at last season’s April meeting and his excellent jumping was apparent at Newbury on Saturday.

Ridden by Barry Geraghty, the six-year-old moved smoothly through the race and was a comprehensive winner over Rocky Creek.

Good ground is the key to this horse and if the weather stays fine in the spring then he must have a very good chance, despite a likely 10lb rise for this win.

Bet on Triolo D’Alene to win the Grand National at 20/1

Saturday’s action did have some influence on some Cheltenham races however, with My Tent Or Yours shortening to 4/1 after a visually impressive comeback in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

AP McCoy made the correct decision to head for Newcastle to ride Henderson’s ace and, although the horses he beat are not top-class, it was a taking reappearance nonetheless.

Owner JP McManus didn’t have the same luck at Newbury where At Fishers Cross met with his first defeat in seven runs.

The Rebecca Curtis-trained runner was trying to chase down the front-runner Celestial Halo when a bad mistake at the penultimate flight of hurdles stopped him in his tracks.

Jockey Barry Geraghty didn’t give him a hard time and back on softer ground the six-year-old should be back in the winners’ enclosure; he’s unchanged at 4/1 for the World Hurdle.

Celestial Halo went on to win the Long Distance hurdle after his rival’s mistake, and Paul Nicholls’ runner – who was second in the World Hurdle in March – is now 12/1 (from 20s) to go one place better 12 months on.

Bet on Celestial Halo to win the World Hurdle at 12/1

Sunday’s action at Fairyhouse saw more success for JP McManus as Jezki ran out a ready winner of the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.

Although the winning distance wasn’t sizeable, there was no doubting the class of the winner who is still 8/1 for the Champion Hurdle.

The Fairyhouse race was over an extra half a mile and the winner’s performance didn’t suggest that he will stay over this trip for long; he’s a strong-travelling speed horse and his price looks generous.



Nic Doggett