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Twiston-Davies eyes Ascot beginners event for chasing debut

The New One: popular hurdler is all set to switch to fences
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Nigel Twiston-Davies is leaning towards the extended 2m2f beginners' chase at Ascot on Friday to launch The New One’s career over fences.

Reported to have schooled brilliantly, the classy hurdler also holds an entry in a 2m graduation chase at Haydock the same afternoon and while a final decision has yet to be made, Twiston-Davies was yesterday swaying towards Ascot.

“I haven’t gone through it yet but we’re looking more at Ascot on Friday,” he said. “Let’s see what turns up first but the ground has come now and he’s in good form. His schooling has been very good.”

Also among the entries for the Ascot race is the Nicky Henderson-trained Different Gravey, a 16-length winner over hurdles at the same track in February, while champion trainer Paul Nicholls has Politologue, Qualando and Clan Des Obeaux engaged.

The New One’s stablemate Ballybolley was yesterday among 26 confirmations at the five-day stage for the £80,000 Betfair Exchange "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday, despite his last 12 starts coming over fences.    

“We’re looking at the Fixed Brush for Ballybolley,” said Twiston-Davies, whose recent Stratford scorer El Terremoto is also a possible.

He added: “It looks like it could be a nice opportunity but chasing is Ballybolley's game longterm.”

Both are widely available at 25-1 for Saturday's staying handicap, for which the Dan Skelton-trained Two Taffs headed the market at a top-price 13-2 with Betfair Sportsbook last night.

Twiston-Davies has removed RSA Chase winner Blaklion from Saturday's Betfair Chase field with a trip to Newbury seven days later on his agenda.

He added: “The way I’m looking at it is if he could possibly win the Betfair Chase then he’d definitely win the Hennessy, so let’s wait for that. We might have finished third in the Betfair, say, and if he could do that why not go for the Hennessy?"

Blaklion, fourth in the Charlie Hall Chase on his comeback, is a general 14-1 shot for the Newbury highlight.

Let's see what turns up first but the ground has come now and he's in good form. His schooling has been very good

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