The Supreme Novices Hurdles gets underway from the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday afternoon and AP McCoy is confident that he can be a winner on My Tent Or Yours. This is of course the first race to come from theFestival and when trainer or a jockey wins here, they usually set themselves up for a good week.
Nicky Henderson is the man training the favourite for this Supreme Novices Hurdle 2013 and at this stage, he is available at 7/4 for the victory.
McCoy know he is going to have a lot of compeition, but he remains confident in the horse he has chose to ride here and is nothing but positive about the chances of a win in this famous hurdle race.
He is one of the best jockeys around of course and if given a horse capable of coming out on top, McCoy is always likely to win.
He will be feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves right now and did admit that the Cheltenham course is going to be tough, but seems positive about his chances.
He said: “The ground was pretty testing at Newbury, he (My Tent Or Yours) coped with it OK, and it’s going to be testing at Cheltenham again.”
“He’s got a rating of 162, I can’t remember many in the Supreme Novices’ with that high a rating. That’s not to say he’s definitely going to win but it’s a good start.
“I’m happy riding him. Obviously there’s Un Atout in there, Jezki and Dodging Bullets, who has a high rating too, and the way the ground is riding might give Champagne Fever a bit more of a chance, but I’m not going to say anything negative about My Tent Or Yours.”
Not too many are looking past My Tent Or Yours at this stage and in many ways, McCoy’s statement might have just let the other contenders know that he respects them, but doesn’t expect them to be beating him this week.
One thing is for sure, the Cheltenham Festival looks like getting off to a cracking start. Don’t miss it, whatever you do.