Football By Jon Ivan-Duke

The New One Attempts to Enhance Champion Claims

The New One is the odds-on favourite to land the International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday as he bids to extend his bright start to the season after wins at Kempton and Haydock.


William Hill make him 4-7 favourite, while Nicky Henderson has left Vaniteux in the line-up and taken out Sign Of A Victory. Vaniteux finished third in the Supreme Novices’ at the Cheltenham Festival and second in the Greatwood on his reappearance – he’s the 9-4 second-favourite to go one better than last time.


Zamdy Man is 10-1 in the betting and officially the second-highest rated in the field – however, on official ratings he still has 11lb to find with The New One.


“It looks like a stepping stone for The New One en-route to the Festival in March and we fully expect him to win and enhance his Champion Hurdle claims,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “At this stage, the Champion Hurdle holds the two biggest antepost liabilities across all racing markets – Faugheen and The New One.”




International Hurdle: 4-7 The New One, 9-4 Vaniteux, 10-1 Zamdy Man,14-1 Bertimont,  33-1 Olofi, 66-1 King Of The Picts, 100-1 Mad Moose, 250-1 Mighty Mambo, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Mad Moose Cheltenham Special: 1-2 Jumps The First Hurdle, 6-4 To Refuse To Race Or Be Pulled-Up Prior To The First Hurdle: (Win Only, Falling Or Unseating At The First Hurdle Is Deemed As Jumping The First)


Champion Hurdle: 2-1 Faugheen, 10-3 The New One, 11-2 Jezki, 10-1 Annie Power, 14-1 Hurricane Fly, 16-1 Irving, 25-1 Sign Of A Victory, Vaniteux, 33-1 Tiger Roll, Zamdy Man, 40-1 Calipto, Clever Cookie, Garde La Victoire, 50-1 Purple Bay, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)