Nigel Twiston-Davies has announced he plans to run his star hurdler over fences this season after the 8-year-old impressed in his schooling.
A regular in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, connections have previously toyed with the idea of stepping their charge up in trip with a crack at the World Hurdle often mentioned. But it seems that after 26th career starts, it's time to go chasing.
"We’re actually going to run him in a novice chase," Twiston-Davies told the Racing Post. "I don’t know where yet but I’m keen on it.
"We didn’t think we were going to go over fences but we thought we’d try him and his schooling has been brilliant. As soon as the ground is right and we find the right race he’s ready to go."
After the announcement, bookmakers were quick to react with StanJames offering 25/1 to win the Arkle in March.
At the risk of being made to look stupid I imagine The New One's chasing career might go very similarly to Rock On Ruby's.— Jason Herridge (@JHerridge91) October 4, 2016
THE NEW ONE - Goes novice chasing, (NoSurprise) seeing as his jumping was so poor over hurdles you have to wonder how he will take to fences— Stephen Power (@racingblogger) October 4, 2016