Punchestown: Tent has ‘nothing to lose’ in Vroum battle

My Tent Or Yours - Kempton 26.12.13

My Tent Or Yours will not have to deal with Annie Power on Friday

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

THERE is no Annie Power for My Tent Or Yours to take on in Friday’s Betdaq Champion Hurdle at Punchestown, but another mighty mare carrying the familiar pink and green silks of Susannah Ricci stands in his way with Vroum Vroum Mag heading the home defence.

The JP McManus-owned and Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours chased home Vroum Vroum Mag’s stablemate Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle and Aintree Hurdle and in her absence bookmakers initially installed him as favourite.

However, Henderson is concerned about the effect of the schedule of Cheltenham and Aintree followed by Punchestown.

The trainer, who won the race with Punjabi in 2008, said: “My Tent appears to be in very good form, but you can see this week the horses who have been to Cheltenham and Aintree; they’ve been pretty obvious.

“He ran a wonderful race at Cheltenham and didn’t do too badly at Aintree over that two and a half miles on soft ground, which is exactly what he doesn’t want. Annie Power was too good for us at Cheltenham, but everything was in her favour at Aintree. She’s not here, but we are. We’ve got nothing to lose and the ground is lovely.”

Henderson, who has saddled at least one winner at Punchestown’s main meeting since 2011, added: “It’s a different ball game and Vroum Vroum is still a very good mare, but it all hinges on how much Aintree has affected My Tent.”

Vroum Vroum Mag pleasing in work

Willie Mullins has been no stranger to drafting in a substitute this season, with Annie Power having stepped in for Faugheen to land the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He now hopes to repeat the trick with Vroum Vroum Mag on Friday and believes the mare is ready for her first shot at the opposite sex.

“She has recovered well from her Grade 1 win at Cheltenham last month and will be taking on the boys for the first time, with her 7lb allowance bound to help her cause,” Mullins wrote in Friday’s Racing Post.

“She’s never been beaten for us and, while her best form is over longer trips, her work tells me she won’t be out of place over the shorter distance.”


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