New One on song for Aintree
Monday 17 March 2014
The New One remains firmly on target for a second tilt at the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle following his luckless run at the Cheltenham Festival.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable star was stopped in his tracks by the fall of the ill-fated Our Conor in last Tuesday's Champion Hurdle, but rallied tremendously well in the hands of the trainer's son, Sam, to finish third.
The six-year-old was narrowly beaten by Zarkandar as a novice in last year's Aintree Hurdle and with Champion Hurdle one-two Jezki and My Tent Or Yours unlikely to head for Merseyside, The New One is set to be a hot favourite on April 3.
Twiston-Davies said: "The New One is 100 per cent, no problems at all. Hopefully he'll go to Aintree, that's the idea. I'm not sure what else will be running (in the Aintree Hurdle). We'll just have to wait and see."
Double Ross put in a superb effort to finish a close third in the JLT Novices' Chase and will also be part of the Aintree team.
As will Same Difference, who is bound for the Crabbie's Grand National after finishing fifth in the defence of his title in the Kim Muir.
"He (Double Ross) was very good and he'll be going to Aintree as well, all being well, but I'm not sure which race he'll run in," said the Naunton-based trainer.
"Same Difference ran all right and we're very much looking forward to the National with him."