I left him and the Sunday card at Kempton Park alone. This early in the jumps season I like to watch such races with an eye to the future.
I was delighted the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained horse won the Class 1 Listed race on Sunday, and won it in such style. The runner up, Rock on Ruby, was way behind. The margin of victory was a whopping 10 lengths. The turn of foot displayed by The New One was breathtaking.
He is now a serious contender for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next March.
Opponents may include Hurricane Fly, Our Conor and My Tent or Yours.
Back in April 2012 I tipped The New One to win at Aintree at odds of 8/1. He did just that, with My Tent or Yours trailing behind in second.
And at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year I tipped the gelding to win the Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle at 7/2.
I am not big on ante post betting. So much can happen to horses between now and March 2014. But, as things stand right now, I would not put anyone off backing The New One to win the Champion Hurdle.
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I have to say that I loved seeing the racing at Cheltenham last Saturday. While all the attention was on Champions Day at Ascot, I actually enjoyed more some of the races at Cheltenham.
Not least my 9/1 winning tip, Balthazar King. What a trouper he is.
So my appetite for the new jumps season has well and truly been wetted.
The New One may have been the star turn on the first weekend of the jumps season proper.
He will not be the last. Bring it on!