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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nothing to chose between top two for Nigel Twiston-Davies

Twiston-Davies stays relaxed over Champion Hurdle clash

Nigel Twiston- Davies with The New One
Nigel Twiston- Davies with The New One
The New One at Haydock

Nigel Twiston-Davies insists there is nothing between The New One and Faugheen in the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

With Faugheen hot favourite for the Willie Mullins operation, the Naunton handler claims the "pressure is off a bit" as he prepares The New One for the highlight of day one of the Cheltenham Festival on March 10.

But Twiston-Davies believes there should be little disparity between the duo in the betting.

"The New One is really good - 100 per cent," said the trainer.

"The pressure is off a bit as he's not favourite, but it's nerve-racking and we are hoping everything goes smoothly.

"He's done brilliantly, but he's the same as Faugheen - neither have beaten championship horses this season.

"He quickens off any pace but we wouldn't want to let Faugheen get 10 lengths ahead."

Considered by many to have been desperately unlucky when third in the Champion Hurdle last season, The New One has since gone from strength to strength, winning his last five races.

The New One was not that impressive in a Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock in January, but connections felt conditions were against him on Merseyside.

Twiston-Davies said: "In all of his races this season, apart from Haydock in the mud, he's been on the bridle at the last hurdle and he's quickened nicely.

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"I don't think Haydock last time was too bad - it was terrible ground.

"But when he asked him to quicken he was hating every minute and it took a bit of time but when he did pick up away he went."

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