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Nigel Twiston-Davies with Imperial Commander at Grange Hill Farm yesterday

Nigel Twiston-Davies with Imperial Commander at Grange Hill Farm yesterday

Nigel Twiston-Davies with Imperial Commander at Grange Hill Farm yesterday

Nigel Twiston-Davies said The New One firmly on course to bid for back-to-back victories in the StanJames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham on December 13.

Twiston-Davies said: "The New One has taken his race very well and it's all systems go for Cheltenham next month. He did not have a lot to beat at Haydock but he did it nicely, so I was very happy with the performance.

"His jumping was slick. It's not really something we have been working on, it's just that he hasn't had a lot of races and he is getting better and better as he gets older. The return to Cheltenham should suit him as he loves that hill."

Trainer Alan King got the three-day Hennessy Festival off to a storming start with a treble, but issued a warning to ante-post punters after Carraig Mor ran away with the bet365 Novices' Chase to secure Grade Two honours.

Carraig Mor was cut to 14-1 (from 25s) by Paddy Power for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival after causing an upset in the three-runner event. King warned: "I'm not sure he will be ready for the RSA this year. We'll see. He's a big horse and is a long way from the finished article. If we are happy with him we could go for the Feltham Novices' Chase or we could go lower."


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