My Tent Or Yours beats old rival The New One in thrilling International Hurdle at Cheltenham

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MY TENT OR YOURS received the battle of the previous boys in an exciting end to the Unibet Worldwide Hurdle.

Nicky Henderson’s 10-year-old was runner-up to The New One in Cheltenham’s Grade 2 contest final 12 months earlier than filling the identical place within the Champion Hurdle for a 3rd time.

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My Tent Or Yours (nearside) deservedly bought his head again in entrance

However on Saturday– within the colors of prime proprietor JP McManus – he bought the higher of Nigel Twiston-Davies’ historical past seeker in an excellent duel with 7-Four favorite Melon again in third.

The three of them jumped the ultimate hurdle in a line however strong-travelling My Tent Of Yours – a 5-1 shot – proved finest to seize his first victory for almost 4 years.

Henderson said: “That meant so much – he deserved it.

“He’s never been shy of a battle. He’s just been beaten by better horses in three Champion Hurdles and all sorts of other races.

 My Tent Or Yours (left), The New One (centre) and Melon (right) battle up the hill

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My Tent Or Yours (left), The New One (centre) and Melon (right) battle up the hill

“They say every dog has his day but that’s not fair – he’s much better than a dog.

“It was one of the great horse races with him and The New One again. Two old boys like that.

 Henderson was thrilled to see My Tent Or Yours win

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Henderson was thrilled to see My Tent Or Yours win

“We had the six-pound advantage because he hadn’t won a race for donkey’s years.

“When Buveur D’Air beat him in the Champion Hurdle last season I felt like a complete fiend.

 Henderson stands proudly with My Tent Or Yours earlier in the year

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Henderson stands proudly with My Tent Or Yours earlier in the year

“We love Buveur D’Air. He’s the young pretender – he beat the old pretender.

“Beating your own horse that had already been second twice felt awful. JP and I both went straight to Tent after the Champion Hurdle just to say ‘well done, mate’.

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“We’ve had him since he was a three-year-old. When you live with them for seven years you become quite attached to them. You know me.

“He’s no spring chicken. He’s got some creaky old bits about his body – like mine. He’s still got the fight in him.

 Apple’s Shakira gave connections a double on the day

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Apple’s Shakira gave connections a double on the day

“We’re not retiring him but we’ve got to find somewhere to go.

“That was a great prize for him to win. What we do now I’ve no idea. I’m sure he’ll run in the Champion Hurdle – he has to.”

The victory gave Henderson, McManus and jockey Barry Geraghty a double after Triumph Hurdle favourite Apple’s Shakira’s impressive success.

Geraghty said: “You never want to take on The New One too early because you know he’s going to keep coming.

 Geraghty rode both My Tent Or Yours and Apple's Shakira to victory

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Geraghty rode both My Tent Or Yours and Apple’s Shakira to victory

“It was sweet – a good buzz.

“He pinged the last and he just found that extra gear. It was a great finish and it was as good as horserace as it gets.

 Buveur D’air beat My Tent Or Yours last season and is the young star

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Buveur D’air beat My Tent Or Yours last season and is the young star

“If any horse has deserved a big race at Cheltenham it was him. He definitely deserved it and maybe he can run well in March.”

The New One – with Sam Twiston-Davies returning from a broken elbow – went down by just a length-and-a-quarter with another gallant front-running display.

 Twiston-Davies returned from injury for the ride

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Twiston-Davies returned from injury for the ride

The 6lbs he had to give to his old rival clearly irritated trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies. If the race had been a Grade 1 they would have met at level-weights but top-level hurdles prizes are few and far between.

Twiston-Davies said: “He has run a superb race – probably the race of his life.

 Nigel Twiston-Davies will target The New One at the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle

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Nigel Twiston-Davies will target The New One at the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle

“It’s the most travesty of justice. He beat the favourite and battled on up the hill having to make his own running. If something would have come to him that would have helped.

“He will go to Haydock and he has got to come to the Stayers after that.

“The race should be a Grade 1 but it is not. It’s pathetic. In Ireland it would be and then we would not giving 6lbs.”

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