The New One: will tackle fences for the first time on FridayPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
The New One to make chase debut at Exeter
THE NEW ONE is set to make his chase debut on Friday at Exeter, but will not have the assistance of Sam Twiston-Davies, with Ryan Hatch instead partnering the eight-year-old.
Twiston-Davies has ridden The New One on 24 of his 25 starts, with Noel Fehily the only other jockey to have previously ridden him.
However, Twiston-Davies is required to ride Frodon in the same race for boss Paul Nicholls, leaving the ride open for Hatch.
Sam Twiston-Davies said: "Obviously I would love to be riding The New One at Exeter but I am lucky enough to be stable jockey to champion trainer Paul Nicholls and he runs Frodon so I ride him."
As well as Frodon, The New One will face another four rivals in the 2m3f novices' chase, including Rock The Kasbah and Sir Ivan. However, the meeting is subject to an 8am inspection due to the threat of frost.
Officials hopeful of passing inspection
Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "If the meeting is on, he will run. He has schooled really well and we are pleased with everything he has been doing at home. I suppose it's the day of reckoning as it's his first run over fences. But we're looking forward to it."
The New One has the option of Saturday's Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown on Saturday if Exeter is called off.
But officials at the Devon track are confident racing will take place with the temperature forecast to drop to only -1C on Thursday night before rising to 5C on Friday.
Clerk of the course Barry Johnson said: "The forecast looks as if it will only hover around freezing this evening and we should be okay if that is correct, but if it dropped below we might have a problem.
"There are still a few patches in the back straight under the trees that are still frozen but we can get around that by bypassing the fences on that stretch. On the home turn there is also a patch or two that need to thaw out.
"But we intend to give the meeting every chance."