The New One: one of three unbeaten hurdlers in the NeptunePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Unbeaten hurdlers to clash in classy Neptune
NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES has made no secret of the regard he holds The New One in, and the five-year-old bids to take another step towards the Cheltenham Festival when running in the Grade 2 2m4½f Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (3.00) at Cheltenham.
Unbeaten in three starts over hurdles, The New One was an impressive 16-length winner of a Grade 2 at Warwick last time, but today's race is a tougher task, featuring Coneygree, who is also unbeaten over hurdles, and At Fishers Cross, winner of his last three starts.
The New One is odds-on favourite for this afternoon's race, and is the general 4-1 ante-post favourite for the Neptune at the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Twiston-Davies said: "He ran very well two weeks ago and is in top form. This race fits nicely into his festival preparation. I thought he would win well at Warwick, but the race did rather fall apart in behind him. With a horse like this you are always expecting so much. He is very good."
Cheltenham's Festival Trials day card is packed with highlights, including Sprinter Sacre in the rearranged Victor Chandler Chase, the Argento Chase, and the Cleeve Hurdle.
Leopardstown's meeting has passed an inspection this morning, with Arvika Ligeonniere facing two rivals in the Grade 1 Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase. There is also all-weather action from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
Cheltenham: Heavy, soft in places
Wolverhampton: Standard to slow