The New One ready to rumble
Our man on the gallops runs the rule over Nigel Twiston-Davies' string on his latest visit to Naunton.
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THE NEW ONE is arguably the most exciting horse under trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies' wing at present and the five-year-old has been giving out all the right signals ahead of his next Cheltenham Festival trial at Warwick on Saturday.
The gelded son of King's Theatre is set to take in a Grade Two novices' hurdle sponsored by Neptune Investments, who are also backing the race in March which The New One is being primed for.
Always a more than willing worker, The New One looked in sparkling form in his latest strong spin up the steep Fibresand gallop.
Winner of all but one of his six races under Rules, he finished just out of the money in the Cheltenham Bumper last year but made amends in handsome style when capturing the Aintree equivalent on the last of his four starts.
This season, with his attention switched to novice hurdles, he could hardly have been more impressive in two winning outings and with his penchant for going left-handed, Warwick should suit him perfectly.
MAJOR MALARKEY looks the type to capture a decent staying handicap chase in testing conditions and has worked splendidly since his encouraging return to the fray at Sandown.
The 10-year-old stayed on like a lion when second in that contest and has been given plenty of time to fully recover from his exertions.
Twiston-Davies is keen to eliminate the 'bounce' factor and will bring Major Malarkey out again in the three-mile-five-furlong Betfred Classic Chase following a nice break.
WHAT AN OSCAR could be another runner for the yard at the same meeting in the Pertemps Qualifier, having shown contrasting form in his three starts this season.
He was a winner at Uttoxeter in October and his trainer will be hoping he can bounce back to form here.
FRONTIER SPIRIT handles the testing ground well and is being given time to get over his recent Ffos Las exertions when he came home unchallenged.
This strong traveller seems to go better in small fields and can win again off his revised mark at one of the smaller courses.