Twiston-Davies hails New dawn
Nigel Twiston-Davies labelled The New One "exceptional" after he laid down an early Champion Hurdle marker with a stunning seasonal return.
So impressive in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March before being narrowly denied by Zarkandar at Aintree, the five-year-old was a 1-2 favourite as he came back to two miles for this Listed event at Kempton Park.
He faced a formidable opponent in Rock On Ruby, winner of the Champion Hurdle in 2012 and runner-up to Hurricane Fly in the same race last term, but made Harry Fry's stable star look decidedly ordinary with a blistering turn of foot.
Noel Fehily and Rock On Ruby led Sam Twiston-Davies aboard The New One as they straightened up for home, but the latter display incredible acceleration to leave a proven top-level performer trailing in his wake.
The New One pulled clear between the final two flights and skipped over the last.
Twiston-Davies was then able to look behind him and pat his horse down the neck as his mount cruised to a 10-length success.
Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "That's what we were hoping for.
"We were worried about the fact that he'd not had much hurdling experience in his life, but that was great and he jumped so well.
"He showed an amazing set of gears coming into the straight.
"We'll look at the Bula Hurdle (International Hurdle) at Cheltenham and then possibly come back here for the Christmas Hurdle.
"There's definitely more to come - he'll improve on that.
"He does seem exceptional."
Asked how The New One ranks in the list of horses he has trained, the Naunton handler said: "I haven't really had any Champion Hurdle types before, apart from Khyber Kim who was second to Binocular (2010).
"He was very good. I would say he (The New One) is a lot better than Khyber Kim."
Fry had already planned on stepping his charge up in distance for the two-mile-three-furlong Coral Hurdle at Ascot on November 23 and that remains a likely target.
Fry said: "I'm disappointed we couldn't give The New One more of a race. He was a very impressive winner and we'll have to go back to the drawing board now.
"We had planned to step him up in trip and we'll probably still do that at Ascot, but we'll have to see how he comes out of this race and go from there.
"There is definitely improvement to come from him, but we are a bit disappointed."
Trainer John Ferguson is hoping Sea Lord (even-money favourite) can take high rank in the novice division this season after the ex-Godolphin runner racked up a sixth successive win in the Listed William Hill - On Your Mobile Novices' Hurdle under Denis O'Regan.
Ferguson said: "He's a lovely horse and he's enjoying what he does.
"You've got the option for going for a novice at Cheltenham. He's a novice and it makes sense to keep them in novice company for the moment, at the highest level if we're going to go down that route.
"If we believe he's a nice horse for the spring next year, he needs to have a break at some time."
O'Regan completed a double as 12-1 shot Firm Order clinched the William Hill - iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Handicap Chase for trainer Paul Webber.
Dodging Bullets (8-11 favourite) made a winning start to his career over fences in the William Hill - In App Store Beginners' Chase for trainer Paul Nicholls and stable jockey Daryl Jacob.
Nicholls said: "That was a nice start. He needed a confidence-booster after two disappointing races in the spring and we never knew why (he ran so poorly).
"He had a minor operation and he has schooled (over fences), but it was a bit of a rush to get him here.
"He will improve from that and he'll be slightly better left-handed."
Alan King's Duroble Man (2-1 favourite) made a big step forward from a disappointing jumping debut to get off the mark at the second attempt in the William Hill - Download The App Juvenile Hurdle.
Trainer Tim Vaughan and jockey Richard Johnson combined to take the William Hill - Exclusive Mobile Offers Handicap Chase with 15-8 favourite Gallox Bridge.
Mick Channon's Warden Hill was the sixth winning favourite from the seven races as he struck at 11-4 in the concluding William Hill Radio - Download The App 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle under Dominic Elsworth.