Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Tony McCoy Tent hopes boosted

Tony McCoy and My Tent Or Yours (left) in action at last year's Cheltenham Festival

Tony McCoy will be hoping trainer Nicky Henderson's assessment of the setback for My Tent Or Yours proves accurate.

Henderson believes My Tent Or Yours would be "very, very unlucky" if the foot problem he is thought to have developed earlier in the week leads to his withdrawal from Tuesday's Stan James Champion Hurdle.

McCoy will next month be crowned champion jockey for an unprecedented 19th successive time but a good Cheltenham Festival and a serious crack at the Grand National are also necessary components of what the prolific Ulsterman would regard as a satisfactory season.

My Tent Or Yours is McCoy's big Festival hope, one of the main challengers to Ulster-owned Hurricane Fly's bid for a Champion Hurdle hat-trick.

The seven-year-old's Cheltenham Festival preparations received a jolt after it was found he had sustained a wound on his near-fore sole.

But Henderson remains upbeat the JP McManus-owned My Tent Or Yours will prove his fitness in time for the Champion Hurdle, for which he is available at around the 9-2 mark.

The Seven Barrows handler said: "It's a little puncture, right in the middle of the sole. It's a bad spot as you can't really put a pad on it.

"The good thing is he's done all of his work. These sort of scares happen all the time," Henderson explained.

My Tent Or Yours – which had supporters on the expert panel at the Sean Graham Cheltenham Preview Night at the Europa Hotel on Monday – has already claimed two Grade Ones this term.

My Tent Or Yours drifted in the betting and money came for another McManus-owned entry, Jezki, which shortened from 10/1 to 9/1.

Jezki won the WKD Hurdle – incidentally with McCoy on board – at the Down Royal Festival in November.

Hurricane Fly and The New One now share favouritism at 11/4 with 4/1 offered about Our Conor.

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