Friday, November 18, 2016 - My Tent Or Yours (Evens favourite with Betfair) is the star name among four declared runners for the £100,000 Price Rush Hurdle (1.50pm) at Haydock Park tomorrow, day two of the Betfair Chase Weekend, Saturday, November 18.
The nine-year-old returned from almost two years off the track to finish second to Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He was last seen out when third behind Vroum Vroum Mag in the G1 Punchestown Champion Hurdle the following month.
My Tent Or Yours (Nicky Henderson/Noel Fehily) ranked among the best hurdlers during the 2013/14 campaign, capturing the G1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle and G1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park before going down by a neck to Jezki in the Stan James Champion Hurdle.
Tomorrow's rivals in the two-mile contest include Old Guard (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden, 9/4), who reverts to hurdles after two runs in novices' chases, and G2 Scottish Champion Hurdle victor Ch'tibello (Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton, 6/1).
The field is completed by Melodic Rendezvous (Jeremy Scott/Richard Johnson, 15/2) who was third to Irving in last year's renewal of the Betfair Price Rush Hurdle.
Trained by Jeremy Scott, the 10-year-old is a three-time G2 winner over hurdles and arguably his biggest success came over the course and distance in the 2014 Champion Hurdle Trial.
Melodic Rendezvous will wear a pair of blinkers for the first time at Haydock Park on his seasonal debut.
Scott, based near Dulverton in Somerset, said today: "Melodic Rendezvous is very well. Realistically, we are probably hunting around for a bit of place prize money but the more it rains, the better he will run.
"He would be pretty ready and, historically, his first runs of the season are up there with his best performances. We hope he will run another solid race.
"We are trying a pair of blinkers. I am not sure they will revolutionise him, but they shouldn't slow him down anyway."
Betfair Price Rush Hurdle, Betfair betting: Evens My Tent Or Yours, 9/4 Old Guard, 6/1 Ch'tibello, 15/2 Melodic Rendezvous *EW 1/4 Odds 2 Places
Declarations were made yesterday for the feature £206,000 Grade One Betfair Chase (3.00pm, seven runners).
Cue Card (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan) and Silviniaco Conti (Paul Nicholls/Noel Fehily) have won the last four renewals of the very prestigious three-mile contest between them and are joined in the seven-runner line-up by 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree (Mark Bradstock/Aidan Coleman), who returns to action after just over a year off the track.
Also lining up are recent Carlisle Listed scorer Seeyouatmidnight (Sandy Thomson/Brian Hughes) plus Irish Cavalier (Rebecca Curtis/Jonathan Moore) and Menorah (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson), who filled the first two places in the G2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last month. French-trained outsider Vezelay (Emmanuel Clayeux/Felix de Giles) completes them line-up.
The Betfair Chase - Betfair betting: 7/4 Cue Card; 2/1 Coneygree; 6/1 Silviniaco Conti; 7/1 Seeyouatmidnight; 10/1 Irish Cavalier, 20/1 Menorah, 66/1 Vezelay *EW 1/4 Odds 2 Places
The Betfair Chase is the first leg of The Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown. Any horse who wins the Betfair Chase and then goes on to land the G1 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day and the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 17 will earn a bonus of £1 million.
In addition, a special Kauto Star Trophy will be presented to connections of any horse that completes the Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown. The Kauto Star Trophy recognises the 10-year-anniversary of the great horse's achievement in becoming the first, and so far only, racehorse in history to win Britain's three Blue Riband staying chases in the same season (2006/7), which are each run at The Jockey Club's racecourses.
The Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown: November 19, 2016 - three miles & 24 yards, Grade One Betfair Chase, Haydock Park; December 26, 2016 - three miles, Grade One 32Red King George VI Chase and March 17 - three miles, two furlongs & 70 yards, Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
65% to the winning owner, 15% to the trainer, 10% to stable staff at the winning yard, and 10% to the jockey - split a third per race if different jockeys ride.
Financing the £1-million bonus: The £1-million bonus is an insured sum funded from the marketing budgets used to promote the three Grade One contests involved. It is not funding that would otherwise go into prize money where Jockey Club Racecourses is contributing an industry-record amount for 2016 - nearly £21 million prior to any abandonments.
A two-minute film featuring interviews with Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls looking back on Kauto's Chase Triple Crown season, which can be viewed here on YouTube.
Tomorrow's amazing seven-race card at Haydock Park also features the £80,000 Betfair Exchange "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle (2.25pm, 15 runners) over just short of two miles and seven furlongs.
Betfair Exchange "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle, Betfair betting: 4/1 Two Taffs; 13/2 Caid Du Berlais; 7/1 Uknowhatimeanharry, Western Warrior; 8/1 Yala Enki; 11/1 Affaire d'Honneur; 14/1 Ballybolley, Point The Way, Theos Charm; 16/1 Kruzhlinin, Western Cape; 20/1 Rathpatrick, Matorico; 25/1 Thomas Crapper; 40/1 Donnas Diamond, EW Terms: 1/4 Odds 3 Places
It is also Betfair's National Jockey Day tomorrow, which is backed by Sam Twiston-Davies and champion trainer Paul Nicholls. Other supporters in the racing industry include a selection of professional jockeys, past and present, including Ryan Moore and Nick Scholfield.
Ahead of National Jockey Day 2016, Betfair visited Oaksey House to meet some of the jockeys reaping the benefit of the excellent facilities there.
Betfair will be donating £1 for every use of #NationalJockeyDay on Twitter tomorrow. After smashing 2014's donation record last year, Betfair's National Jockey Day will aim to raise up to £50,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund in 2016.
Betfair's Barry Orr said: "Recent events have brought into perspective the tough job jockeys face more than ever. We are pleased to be running National Jockey Day for the third year running, aiming to raise awareness of the work the Injured Jockeys Fund do as well as donating up to £50,000 through our social media campaign.
"Whether you work in the industry or you're simply a racing fan, we urge people to get involved and support the campaign by sharing #NationalJockeyDay via social media."
Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, said: "We are really grateful to Betfair for their initiation of and support towards "National Jockey Day" - the risks that jockeys take every time they ride are very evident and as the jockey's charity we try to do everything we can to support them not just whilst they are riding but into retirement also."
The Betfair Chase Weekend at Haydock Park commences today with a six-race card running from 12.50pm to 3.45pm.
The going at Haydock Park is currently Soft, Heavy in places
GoingStick readings at 6.30am today: Chase 6.0; Hurdle 5.6