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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Haydock Trial or Betfair Hurdle for Peace And Co

Posted: 12th Jan 2016

Peace And Co (Barry Geraghty)

Peace And Co: "They are two extremes, but both are possibilities"

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Haydock Trial or Betfair Hurdle for Peace And Co

NICKY HENDERSON, trainer of the shortest price horse in the Champion Hurdle not in the care of Willie Mullins, will give Peace And Co one more run before the Cheltenham Festival - although he has admitted he is in a bit of a quandary as to where.

The two options for the 16-1 shot are the Grade 2 Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on January 23, or the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 13.

With the headstrong Peace And Co pulling away his chance in the International Hurdle on his only start since his impressive win in last year's Triumph Hurdle Henderson revealed he was nervous about another small field - but equally has reservations about dropping into handicap company off a mark of 159.

Speaking in an ante-post Pricewise special for the Champion Hurdle in Tuesday's Racing Post, Henderson said: "Peace And Co has been in great form since his last race, which you can completely draw a line through.

"The idea has been to go to Haydock, where you can guarantee there will be only four or five runners. The other option would be the Betfair Hurdle. Do we enter him in that and drop him out the back in a field of 26 runners? They are two extremes, but both are possibilities."

Henderson could also run 2014 runner-up My Tent Or Yours, who has been off the track since April 2014, but issued a warning. He said: "We've had issues with My Tent Or Yours, although nothing in relation to what was worrying him last year. He's in full exercise but has work to do. The Kingwell would have to be the most likely objective."

Henderson also has Hargam, Top Notch, L'Ami Serge and Josses Hill quoted in the betting but revealed all four had other targets at this stage.

Find out who Pricewise selects as the value alternative to Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen - only in Tuesday's Racing Post

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