The New One: Champion Hurdle hope heads to Cheltenham next monthPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Cheltenham-bound The New One better with age
THE NEW ONE is reported bang on target for the StanJames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham next month, as trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies plots his stable star's path back to Prestbury Park and the Champion Hurdle in March.
Already a three-time winner over hurdles at Cheltenham and successful in the International last year, The New One is the general 7-2 second-favourite for the Stan James-backed Champion Hurdle, a race in which he finished a close third last year after meeting significant interference in running.
Two from two this season, The New One impressed his trainer when jumping with fluency in victory at Haydock on Saturday and he expects the return to Cheltenham on December 13 will only play to his strengths.
"The New One has taken his race very well and it's all systems go for Cheltenham next month," said Twiston-Davies.
He added: "He did not have a lot to beat at Haydock but he did it nicely, so I was very happy with the performance. His jumping was slick. It's not really something we have been working on, it's just that he hasn't had a lot of races and he is getting better and better as he gets older.
"The return to Cheltenham should suit him as he loves that hill."
A second success in the International for The New One would see him become the first multiple winner of the race since Relkeel monopolised it with three wins between 1997 and 1999.
Heading the Champion Hurdle market is festival winner Faugheen, a best-priced 9-4 with bet365 after maintaining his unbeaten record with a facile victory at Ascot on Saturday.