The New One chasing debut on hold with Exeter off
Ballyandy (near side): Champion Bumper winner in action at Sandown
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Sandown gets go-ahead but Exeter called off By Andrew Dietz 8:07AM 2 DEC 2016
THERE was mixed fortunes on the inspection front on Friday morning as Sandown got the go-ahead but Exeter was forced to call off its fixture.
Nigel Twiston-Davies had hoped to give The New One his debut over fences at Exeter. The trainer had the option of rerouting his star to Sandown on Saturday for the Grade 1 Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase, but the horse did not feature among four declarations, which were headed by Racing Post Arkle favourite Altior.
Twiston-Davies still faces a big day on Friday as last season's Weatherbys Champion Bumper winner Ballyandy makes his third start over hurdles in the Grade 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
The track had been due to inspect at 7.30am, but shortly before clerk of the course Andrew Cooper (@ACooperClerk) tweeted: "Racing goes ahead @Sandownpark on Friday. After early frost last night, temperatures now +4 and rising."
Exeter suffered a different fate at the 8am inspection with patches of frost still in the ground and temperatures remaining low.