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New One simply sublime on seasonal debut at Kempton

Updated: Sunday, 20 Oct 2013 18:29 | Comments

The New One is a best price 5-1 after his exploits at Kempton
The New One is a best price 5-1 after his exploits at Kempton

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies labelled The New One "exceptional" after the youngster laid down an early marker for next year's Champion Hurdle with a truly stunning seasonal return at Kempton.

So impressive in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March before being narrowly denied by Zarkandar at Aintree, the five-year-old was a 1-2 favourite as he came back two miles for this Listed event.

He faced a formidable opponent in Rock On Ruby, winner of the Champion Hurdle in 2012 and runner-up to Hurricane Fly in the same race last term, but made Harry Fry's stable star look decidedly ordinary with a blistering turn of foot.

Noel Fehily and Rock On Ruby led Sam Twiston-Davies aboard The New One as they straightened up for home, but the latter display incredible acceleration to leave a proven top-level performer trailing in his wake.

The New One pulled clear between the final two flights and skipped over the last.

Twiston-Davies was then able to look behind him and pat his horse down the neck as his mount cruised to a 10-length success.

Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "That's what we were hoping for.

"We were worried about the fact that he'd not had much hurdling experience in his life, but that was great and he jumped so well.

"He showed an amazing set of gears coming into the straight.

"We'll look at the Bula Hurdle (International Hurdle) at Cheltenham and then possibly come back here for the Christmas Hurdle.

"There's definitely more to come - he'll improve on that.

"He does seem exceptional."

Asked how The New One ranks in the list of horses he has trained, the Naunton handler said: "I haven't really had any Champion Hurdle types before, apart from Khyber Kim who was second to Binocular (2010).

"He was very good. I would say he (The New One) is a lot better than Khyber Kim."

Fry had already planned on stepping his charge up in distance for the two-mile-three-furlong Coral Hurdle at Ascot on 23 November and that remains a likely target.

Fry said: "I'm disappointed we couldn't give The New One more of a race. He was a very impressive winner and we'll have to go back to the drawing board now.

"We had planned to step him up in trip and we'll probably still do that at Ascot, but we'll have to see how he comes out of this race and go from there.

"There is definitely improvement to come from him, but we are a bit disappointed."

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