Ballyandy heading straight to Betfair

Nigel Twiston-Davies has ruled out running Ballyandy before next month's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

Ballyandy (centre, red): Goes straight for the Betfair Hurdle

Although last year's Champion Bumper winner is entered in a maiden hurdle at Hereford on Sunday, the Naunton handler will bypass that race in favour of sending him straight to Newbury on February 11.

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Despite having yet to open his account over hurdles, the six-year-old is currently joint-favourite with most firms to lift the valuable Grade Three handicap, for which he has been allotted 10st 6lb.

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Twiston-Davies said: "He won't run at Hereford on Sunday. He will go straight to the Betfair.

"If he ran and won at Hereford, he would pick up a 5lb penalty.

"He is handily weighted in the Betfair and he has ran most of his hurdle races over two miles except his last one."

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