My Tent or Yours Set For Another Run

Connections of My Tent or Yours have indicated their runner will feature again before a shot at the Champion Hurdle next month at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Nicky Henderson is looking at either the Kingwell Hurdle or the Contenders Hurdle as his horse’s next assignment.

The seven-year old is unbeaten in his campaign so far, which includes two runs. He made his seasonal reappearance at Newcastle in the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle where he prevailed by three lengths ahead of Cockney Sparrow. He went off as the 8/11 favourite in the racing live betting back in November before quickening clear from the field after jumping the last.

His next outing was at Kempton in the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day. He took on The New One in an exciting clash of two of last season’s leading novices. My Tent or Yours was able to come on top under Champion Jockey Tony McCoy by half a length where he was second best in the racing betting on the bet365 website at 11/8.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ mount went through the last obstacle which cost him ground in the closing stages. The Somerset trainer has stated his horse will now be having a rest and will not be seen against before the Festival.

The Champion Hurdle this year is also set to include the two-time winner Hurricane Fly. He will be defending the crown he won in 2013 when he became the first horse since Comedy of Errors to regain the trophy. Since then, he has also gone on to break the world record for the most number of Grade One victories in his career. He was able to do so in the Morgiana Hurdle, while in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown he extended his tally to 19.

Solwhit Out Of World Hurdle

Solwhit has been ruled out of a defence of his World Hurdle title at the Cheltenham Festival in March by his trainer Charles Byrnes.

The 3m hurdler was set to make his reappearance at Leopardstown last month but a fetlock injury made him miss that run.

Unfortunately for connections, he will not be able to recover in time for the championship race at Prestbury Park which could have seen him clash with four-time winner Big Buck’s.

Despite the disappointing news, Byrnes is still hopeful that Solwhit could appear at either Aintree for the Grand National meeting or in Ireland at the Punchestown Festival in April.

The 10-year old was successful on three occasions last season. After a second place finish in his opener at Punchestown, he was sscored in the Grade Three Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.

He then went into the World Hurdle where he went off at 17/2 with bet365 and was held up in the rear in the early stages by jockey Paul Carberry. The pair then led after the last to get up ahead of Celestial Halo who was running in the colours of Big Buck’s.

A month later, Solwhit added the Liverpool Hurdle to his honours for the campaign. He was denied an opportunity to pick up a rare treble at Punchestown during their festival in April due to the ground that day.

Instead, the Irish based horse made the trip to France in June to take his chance in the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil, which is a hurdle contest over 3m1f. Byrnes’ mount was well fancied in Paris as he was the 5/4 favourite but he had to settle for second behind the French-trained Germix who finished eight lengths ahead of him.

Big Buck’s is now rated as the 2/1 favourite for the 2014 World Hurdle with bet365.

Banned Duo Set For Return

Godolphin have revealed that the pair of Encke and Certify are set to run this year following their bans from the sport.

The two horses were part of the drugs scandal which hit the Mahmood Al Zarooni yard in 2013. The trainer received an eight-year ban from the sport so the animals are now in the care of Charlie Appleby.

Encke has not been seen since the winning the St Leger at Doncaster in September 2012. His victory in the final Classic of the season denied Camelot the Triple Crown that year as he had previously been successful in the 2000 Guineas and Derby at Epsom.

The Godolphin-owned runner finished less than a length ahead of the dual Classic winner to deny him the chance to make history.

The bet365 racing betting page suggests that he is likely to be back over the middle distance in the UK later this year. The horse is currently in training in Dubai but is not expected to run in the Middle East.

Certify missed the opportunity to go for the 1000 Guineas and Oaks in 2013 after showing a lot of promise as two-year old. She was successful in the Group One Shadwell Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on her last run on September 28, 2012 when going off as the 4/6 favourite in the bet365 racing odds.

Unlike Encke, the filly is set to appear at the Dubai World Cup Carnival which begins later this month. She could run more than once on the all-weather surface at Meydan. She will then return to Europe when the flat season begins in April for a shot at some of big races on the calendar for fillies and mares.

After four runs as two-year old, connections will be hoping Certify can keep up her 100% record in the new campaign ahead.