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  • Twiston Davies The One To Beat

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Leamington Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 25.70s
  • Off time: 15:00:54
Full result
Result 15:00 Warwick
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 The New One 1/2f
2nd 7 Mickie 16 14/1
  • Last Updated: January 11 2013, 17:17 GMT

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Warwick.

The New One: Back in action at Warwick
The New One: Back in action at Warwick

The New One bids to make it three wins in as many starts over obstacles in the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Warwick.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge was a wide-margin winner on his hurdling bow at Newton Abbot last October and duly followed up at Cheltenham later that month.

Off the track since then, Twiston-Davies reports the likely favourite to be ready for action in a race better known as the Leamington Novices' Hurdle, and won by some smart horses over the years, including Inglis Drever.

"We're very pleased with him and hopefully he will win it tomorrow," he said.

"He's done nothing wrong so far and everything should suit him, the distance, the conditions and the track.

"Hopefully all goes well and then we will see where we are."

Evan Williams admits Hold Court will have plenty to find, not just with The New One but also the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Dursey Sound.

Twice a winner in bumpers, Hold Court has added two hurdle successes to his haul this term.

Williams said: "I like the horse a lot, I think the world of him and that's why he's running in a race of this quality.

"I might have run him in a handicap but it's hard to find a race he's qualified for and I think he deserves a place in this Graded race.

"The New One is obviously a nice horse but I like JP McManus' horse (Dursey Sound) a lot as well and I think there's a lot more to come from that one.

"Those top two stand out and they will be the ones to beat."

Just seven runners go to post with Kitegen, Minella Definitely, Timesishard and Mickie completing the field.

The latter has won one her three hurdles starts to date, breezing home by 14 lengths at Ludlow last time, and she is the third highest-rated horse in the line-up.

Trainer Henry Daly said: "If the handicapper is right, she should run well. We will see."