The New One stamps his class
The New One was made to fight to retain the International Hurdle at Cheltenham but again showed the class that makes him a big challenger for the Champion Hurdle next March. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge was, of course, an unlucky third at the Festival last season but has again done everything right this season as he gears up for a shot at redemption in the big one.
Sam Twiston-Davies, who had somehow survived a crashing fall earlier on the card, was again on board and settled his charge in behind the pace being set by Zamdy Man. He travelled extremely well throughout and, although last season’s Supreme Novices third Vaniteaux came to challenge before the last, The New One had too much and won going away by 4 1/2 lengths. Outsider Olofi stayed on for third.
The winners stablemate Mad Moose had the eyes of the World on him down at the start but unfortunately he got up to his old tricks again and refused to race. I think we may have seen the last of ‘Moosey’!
A somewhat annoyed winning trainer said: “Just because he’s British, it doesn’t mean he’s not very good.
“He was unlucky in the Champion Hurdle last year and apart from meeting the last wrong at Kempton (in the Christmas Hurdle), he would probably have won there, too.”
“I don’t think he would have had to have improved too much to win how he did today, but it all went very well.”
On whether there was a possibility of the winner lining up against Faugheen in the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day he said: “There’s no decision where he’ll go next, we’ll see how he comes out of this.
“I wouldn’t be scared of taking on Faugheen but it comes quick enough after this.
“The only other option is Wincanton as the Haydock Champion Hurdle Trial is usually run in bad ground and it’s close enough to March.
“I may be wrong but all Faugheen’s form is over further – does he have the turn of foot like this horse? Hopefully he’ll give us a nice tow into the race and we’ll gently quicken past him.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Giles/PA Wire
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