14:40 Haydock Sat 19 January 2019
- New One Unibet Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle) (Class 1)
- 1m 7f 144y,
- 5 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Known as a keen free-running type, yet had continued to progress quickly until paying the price for those forcing tactics in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day; with no Verdana Blue or Buveur D'Air in the line-up, this is more realistic.
County Hurdle winner at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018; back to winning ways in a Grade 3 at Ascot (2m, soft) prior to Christmas - the re-opposing Western Ryder finished 3¼L third and is now 4lb better off; solid.
Going away at the finish when landing the Grade 3 Swinton Hurdle over C&D in May; has continued to progress (now rated 24lb higher) finding only Nietzche (Greatwood) and Brain Power (International) stronger at Cheltenham so far this season; solid.
Talented hurdler who enjoyed Grade 1 success in the Top Novices' at Aintree (2m+, good) in April 2017; missed the 2017/18 campaign and only recently returned to action over fences (struggled); reverts to hurdling in an attempt to get back on track.
Reliable, but has found suitable winning opportunities difficult to come by; 4lb better off with Mohaayed for a 3¼L beating (third) in the Grade 3 Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot (2m, soft); also has previous with Silver Streak.
Last Year's Winner
|The New One||10||11-10||1/1|
|T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies|
Silver Streak (7/4), Western Ryder (10/3), Mohaayed (7/2), Global Citizen (4/1), Pingshou (12/1)
- Silver Streak
- Global Citizen
Next Race Off
Ben Linfoot seeks out the value in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock and the two big handicaps at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.
Top commentator Simon Holt has three selections for Saturday's racing including Captain Redbeard in the Peter Marsh Chase.
David Ord heads to Lingfield for the Nap of the day and hopes an Ed Walker runner can get off the mark now eased in the weights.