All of THE NEW ONE's hurdle runs so far have been over further but Nigel Twiston-Davies is convinced he is a Champion Hurdle prospect and it shouldn't be forgotten that he had the speed to beat My Tent Or Yours in a 2m bumper at Aintree 18 months ago. Habitual trail-blazer Australia Day should ensure there is a fast pace and the five-year-old can get the better of former champion hurdler Rock On Ruby, who just needed his first run last season but did go on to chase home Hurricane Fly in the big one at Cheltenham. Coronea Lilly and the returning Quaddick Lake will be playing for places barring accidents.
Rock On Ruby (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead briefly 2 out, soon driven along and headed early straight, no impression on easy winner approaching last where not fluent, no extra and dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Hurricane Fly (11-12) at Punchestown 2m hdl G1 (1) hvy in Apr.
The New One (IRE) 11-4fav (11-7) Held up mid-division, mistake 2nd, soon lost place, headway before 4 out, challenged from 3 out, every chance and upsides winner run-in, kept on and just held near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Zarkandar (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Australia Day (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Led, headed after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 14, 20l behind Sea Lord (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Jul.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened 3 out, 12th of 18, well behind Stopped Out (10-13) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Coronea Lilly (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Chased leader until 7th and reminders soon after, went 2nd again next, lost 2nd before 3 out, chased leaders, weakened between last 2, lost poor 4th final 100 yards, 5th of 7, 12l behind Dark Spirit (9-11) at Ludlow 3m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gd.