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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Pressure on New One at Kempton

Tomorrow is all about one horse at Kempton as The New One makes his eagerly-awaited seasonal reappearance in the williamhill.com Hurdle.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable star is the early market leader for the Champion Hurdle in March after many considered him an unlucky loser last season.

He was hampered early on in the race by the fatal fall of Our Conor, but rattled up the hill to be beaten just under three lengths by Jezki.

After that he went on to win the Aintree Hurdle from former champion Rock On Ruby, but the general consensus was he was not quite at his best that day.

It says a lot about his ability to be winning races of that nature when supposedly not at the peak of his powers.

With the Willie Mullins battalion waiting in the wings later in the season, Twiston-Davies knows his charge cannot afford to have an off day when the pressure is applied and he should have no trouble repeating his win in this race 12 months ago.

The Paul Nicholls-trained All Set To Go is an interesting newcomer in the William Hill - In The App Store Juvenile Hurdle.

Trained by Andy Oliver on the level in Ireland, the Verglas gelding was just over two lengths behind Fascinating Rock in the Ballysax Stakes.

Oliver owned the son of Verglas himself and has sold him privately to Graham Roach of Viking Flagship fame, and he could have a smart gelding on his hands.

John Ferguson's Parlour Games will find the William Hill - On Your Mobile Novices' Hurdle easier than the Galway Hurdle, his last race.

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