Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saturday Review: Popular hurdler The New One strikes in Welsh Champion Hurdle

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Nigel Twiston-Davies' The New One closed in on the £1 million prize money mark, after seeing off Clyne to land yesterday's feature jumps race, the Welsh Champion Hurdle.

The nine-year-old needs to pick up around £43k to reach the mark, and is now a winner in all seasonal bows.

With 5lb claimer Zak Baker on board, he led the field at Ffos Las before battling on well to deny Evan Williams' Clyne the prize by just under a length.

He handed his rival 8lbs but won rather well, and is now likely to target the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December, a race he has won three times.

Elsewhere on the card Colin Tizzard's West Approach ran our a comfortable winner on his chasing debut.

The half-brother the exceptional King George winner Thistlecrack forged clear of a decent field to land the beginners chase prize by nine lengths.

An impressive winner on his only start in France, Gary Moore enjoyed success in Wales with Eragon De Chanay. The three-year-old won nicely in a juvenile hurdle by two-and-a-half lengths.

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Paul Nicholls' Capitaine made it two from two over chases yesterday

At Market Rasen, Capitaine was the high-profile winner on the race card as Paul Nicholls' five-year-old comfortably defeated a quality field by 22 lengths.

The five-year-old jumped really well on his second chase start under Harry Cobden, and the former Grade Two winner over hurdles last year may be a classy novice chaser to watch for the rest of the season.

He is now as 14-1 for the Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jonjo O'Neill's Demon D'Aunou ran out an impressive winner on his British debut. The JP McManus-owned four-year-old cost £130,000 at last year's Cheltenham sales and looked like a exciting horse when cruising to victory.

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