The New One will takes his next step on the way to the Champion Hurdle in the International today
Supreme in his last win at Kempton, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ star has already been made favourite for the Champion Hurdle at the Festival next March. The way he disposed of the talented Rock On Ruby has sent a strong message to his opponents with only Zarkandar seemingly to be in his way today. Zarkandar finished second at Ascot behind an impressive Annie Power and did beat The New One last season. However, The New One looks to have progressed since then and should now have his measure. Court Minstrel has run creditably in handicaps under a big weight this year and may challenge for Zarkandar for second at a big odds.
The December Gold Cup (sponsored by the Stewart Family) is an interesting renewal that first may appear as a re-run of the Paddy Power with John’s Spirit and Colour Squadron battling for favouritism, but that would be overlook the dangerous Salut Flo and capable Cantlow. The most eye-catching runner is Henderson’s mare Ma Filleule who has her debut start over fences in the UK.
On what looks to be an excellent day in the making for Henderson his strongest chances appear to be at Doncaster with Royal Irish Hussar (2.05), Nadiya De La Vega (2.40) and Bear’s Affair (3.15).
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Nadiya De La Vega (Doncaster 2.40)
Many may have expected this horse to be competing for the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham rather than journeying to Doncaster. This talented mare won a big prize in Ireland and should have this well within her scope.
Crockford’s Whisper – Cantlow e/w (Cheltenham 2.25)
Fancied back in March at the Festival, Paul Webber’s horse failed to run that day but has since won nicely last time out at Newbury. He appears to have been overlooked by punters at odds of around 12/1 and should make at least the frame today.
Archer’s Selection – Oscar’s Den (Lingfield 12.15)
Archer would not have missed how well thought of this horse is by his trainer and would have fought to have the booking today.
Crockford’s other gambles around the courses:
Cheltenham – Kentucky Hyden (12.10), Le Bec (12.40), Petit Robin e/w (1.15), Kings Palace (1.50), Cantlow e/w and Ma Filleule e/w (2.25), The New One and Court Minstrel e/w (3.00) and Glens Melody (3.35)
Doncaster – Kings Lodge e/w (11.55), Warden Hill (12.25), Runswick Royal e/w (1.35), Royal Irish Hussar (2.05), Nadiya De La Vega (2.40) and Bear’s Affair (3.15)
Lingfield – Oscars Den (12.15), Black Thunder (1.55) and Kuilsriver (2.30)
Southwell – Putin (1.10) and Crow Down (2.55)
Fairyhouse – Luska Lad (12.30), Jamsie Hall (1.40) and Suntiep (2.50)
(Featured Photograph – The New One at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)