The New One to be held back….
Great Britain’s leading hurdler The New One will not race again this season after trainer Nigel Twiston Davies confirmed his stable star was suffering from kissing spines.
In action at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen and running a race that many felt was too bad to be true having been in great form all year and considered unlucky in last years renewal then it was always likely that connections would find a problem with the talented hurdler.
Reported today in the Racing Post Twiston Davies confirmed “We were slightly disappointed with his run at Cheltenham so he went for a bone scan. He has some kissing spines in his back but they think they can help. We could patch him up and go but the obvious thing is to wait until next season.”
He won at the meeting last year taking the Doom Bar Hurdle in a narrow victory over Rock On Ruby and that race will now be less competitive perhaps when it takes place in the second week of April.
Trainer Harry Fry will be hoping his decision to skip Cheltenham with Rock On Ruby, who wasn’t right coming in to this years Festival will be rewarded with a win in the race having gone so close last year. A well touted contender for the World Hurdle which went to Cole Harden the slightly shorter trip in the Doom Bar will likely play into his strengths should the handler have “Ruby” in good form on the day.
The Grand National is the feature of the meeting of course on the 11th April and it was muted in the past week that should A P McCoy win the race on his likely mount and former Irish Grand National winner Shutthefrontdoor that it could be his last ever ride, then anticipation is high for a fairy tale as it always is at Aintree.
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