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Wigwam pitches up at Newbury

The Happy Campers didn't get to see My Tent Or Yours fulfil his potential in their colours but My Wigwam Or Yours won well for them at Newbury.

My Wigwam Or Yours (3-1) is a different sort of horse to their first venture, who remains in the Nicky Henderson stable but has developed into one of the country's elite hurdlers since being bought by JP McManus at the end of his bumper career.

It took seven attempts for the five-year-old to break his duck in the Emma Lavelle Racing Maiden Hurdle, but he managed it in emphatic fashion by cantering 16 lengths clear of the 8-11 favourite Call Me Vic and beat him by 16 lengths.

"It's nice to have an adequate replacement for Tent," said Simon Philip, one of the eight syndicate members.

"After we sold Tent, we had Your Tepee Or Mine, who won a bumper at Ffos Las, and now My Wigwam Or Yours. As we became The Happy Campers after buying the first horse, that's where the names come from. I'm expecting there'll be caravans, motorhomes and ground sheets in the future!"

Jockey Barry Geraghty said: "He did it well and jumped nicely, apart from missing one down the back. He liked the better ground and is a nice chasing type."

Henderson was on his way back from a post-Cheltenham holiday in Switzerland, and missed two more winners including picking up the The Brown Chamberlin Trophy for a winner in his own blue and white colours.

That was down to Thanks For Coming (5-1) showing great tenacity to overcome 3-1 favourite Ifyousayso by a neck in the Oakley Coachbuilders Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

"It was important to win as he has a very tricky owner," said Geraghty.

Henderson's assistant, Patrick Harty, said: "He actually finished third in a charity race here three weeks ago. He's in at Doncaster Sales, and I'd imagine he'll go there."

The lightly-raced Volnay De Thaix (5-4 favourite), another useful sort for owner Judy Wilson, continued his progress in the Carter Jonas Handicap Hurdle.

Harty said: "He is a really nice horse. I suppose if he's 100 per cent he could go for the two-and-a-half-mile novice at Aintree, but only if he's 100 per cent as he'll be a cracking horse for next year."

Warren Greatrex does wonder what might have been with Paint The Clouds (6-4 favourite) who turned the BJP Insurance Brokers Open Hunters' Chase into a procession under Sam Waley-Cohen.

"He won five in a row and AP McCoy said after the last one that he'd win the Pertemps Final," Greatrex said.

"He did a leg, then fractured his pelvis the next season. He's a horse I've got a lot of affection for, and as soon as Sam got off he suggested the Horse and Hound Cup (now W &S Recycling Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters' Chase).

Philip Hobbs is also away skiing but 25-1 chance Doctor Foxtrot continued his own decent run in the Pheasant Inn Handicap Chase.

"Basically he needs better ground and this galloping track suited," said Hobbs' wife Sarah. "He does want to be fresh, too."

Richard Johnson quickly doubled up on the Richard Phillips-trained Mister Newby (16-1) in the Hildon 25th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle, fitted with a first-time hood.

"They're great these hoods!" said Phillips. "He was a bit fruity as a youngster. The hood just shuts out the noise and hopefully you don't need them in time.

"We always knew he would be quite good if he learned to settle."

Horatio Hornblower had the assistance of the excellent Lizzie Kelly to justify 9-2 favouritism in the Hawk Inn "Hands And Heels" Novices' Handicap Hurdle.