Hurdles option for The New One

The New One could stick to hurdles for his seasonal debut after being denied a first run over fences with the abandonment of racing at Exeter on Friday.

The New One: Could return over hurdles

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is now considering the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday week for the eight-year-old, a race he won in 2013 and 2014.

The Naunton handler could have declared The New One for a clash with Altior in the Grade One Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown after Exeter was lost to the weather.

However, he resisted the temptation as he felt it would be too much of an ask for his chasing debut.

"It is very frustrating he didn't run at Exeter. He had been absolutely superb at home and had not missed a bit," said Twiston-Davies.

"We were very tempted to go for the Henry VIII, but he has been such a loyal servant we thought why do that first time out over fences, so myself and the owners decided not to do that.

"What we intend on doing is to have a big look at the International Hurdle. It is a race he has won twice before and it is worth £130,000. If he was to win that then he may stay over hurdles, but I would still like to go over fences at some point."

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