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New One will miss Christmas Hurdle
19 Dec 2014 18:06
Next month's stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock is the likely target for The New One after trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies ruled his stable star out of the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day.
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The six-year-old clinched his third victory of the season with a most impressive display in last weekend's International Hurdle, setting up a potentially mouth-watering clash with Irish raider Faugheen over the festive period.
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However, that battle will now likely have to wait until the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
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Twiston-Davies said: "We're going to miss Kempton and the plan is to go to Haydock on 17 January, all being well.
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"I just think it's better spacing for us. It gives him more time after his last run and he doesn't have so long to wait for the Champion Hurdle."
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