Championship-seeking trainer, Nicky Henderson, has a great record in the ultra-competitive Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle over the years, and has certainly set his stall out to add to his current tally of four wins in the showcase two-mile handicap.
Henderson is responsible for no less than 12 of the 70 entries currently engaged in the race, including the clear favourite in the Betfair Hurdle betting, My Tent Or Yours, writes Elliot Slater.
My Tent Or Yours was cut from an opening offer of 10/1 for the Betfair Hurdle to a current best price of 9/2 market leader, after leaving behind the disappointment of his defeat on heavy ground at Newbury on his previous outing when a beaten odds-on favourite and only runner-up to Chatterbox.
Once again supported to odds-on, the gelded son of Desert Prince travelled like a serious horse throughout the two-mile novice hurdle at Huntingdon on January 11, before cruising clear under Tony McCoy to win as he pleased by an easy seven lengths from John Ferguson’s Population.
Henderson immediately made it clear that he has not made any definite decision as to where My Tent Or Yours will run next but conceded that the Betfair Hurdle is an obvious target for the horse who has never finished out of the first two in six career starts that have now included three successes.
The form of his November defeat of Jonjo O’Neill’s Taquin Du Seul has been given a massive boost by the subsequent Grade 2 and Grade 1 victories of the runner-up.
Amongst Henderson’s other leading contenders for the big race at Newbury on February 9 are Cash And Go (12/1), Petit Robin (20/1), runner up to the current 9/2 ante-post favourite Cause of Cause at Ascot in December, and the 2009 Champion Hurdle winner Punjabi, generally on offer at 33/1.
Do not forget that the upcoming Cheltenham Festival offers race fans another opportunity to bet on racing this winter. Visit the Gold Cup betting website for the latest on the feature event.