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No Flat campaign for My Tent

Nicky Henderson has ruled out running My Tent Or Yours on the Flat as he feels it would not beneficial to his long-term jumping career.

The seven-year-old pulled fiercely for his head for most of the way during the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and ran a fine race in the circumstances, going down by a neck to fellow JP McManus-owned runner Jezki.

Henderson quipped in the immediate aftermath he may try to persuade McManus to have a look at Royal Ascot, but feels running his charge over shorter distances on the Flat could light up his star hurdler even more.

"He's in the field as we speak and he definitely won't be running on the Flat," said the Seven Barrows handler.

"It would certainly be very interesting. He has plenty of speed and I have no doubt he'd be very good at it, but it wouldn't be the right thing to do.

"We have enough of a job trying to get him to relax as it is and I'm trying to win a Champion Hurdle or an Arkle with him.

"Training him to run on the Flat wouldn't help us in that respect."

Whether My Tent Or Yours will go down the Champion Hurdle route once more next season or pursue a career over fences has not yet been decided.

"We haven't even discussed it," said Henderson.