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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has praised The New One who looks set to return to Cheltenham on the last of the three day Open Meeting next week.
The New One has created a massive impression in his brief career, landing the Grade 2 John Smith’s Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Aintree on Grand National day on his way to winning five of his six starts.
The sole blip on the dual Cheltenham winner’s otherwise unblemished record was when a close sixth in the Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.
“The New One struck me as special as soon as he came into the yard,” Twiston-Davies said after the four-year-olds impressive victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.
“He was broken in August and was winning in November effortlessly. He has always been just exceptional. He didn’t have a very clear run at the Festival otherwise he would nearly have been unbeaten.
“I thought this performance was very good. He was on the bridle coming to the last and just had to be shaken up on the run in and he went away well.
“He has all the right attributes and he travels well. His jumping wasn’t too bad as he was quite quick over his hurdles. He wasn’t spectacular, which we would like, but it was a very good performance overall.
“I think the form is very solid as the first two were miles clear of the rest.
“I think one day he will get three miles as he is stoutly bred but I think for the moment we will stick to two and a half. He won on very soft ground at Newton Abbot. I know it wasn’t much of a race, but at the moment we are not worried about the ground.”
The likely target for The New One is the £25,000 Grade 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle on third and final day of The Open at Cheltenham which takes place on November 16, 17 and 18.