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  • International Hurdle tips: The New One still has juice to beat Melon

    The New One bets among 2017 International Hurdle tips

    Cheltenham Bet’s 2017 International Hurdle tips says The New One bets appeal for yet another success in this Grade 2 Cheltenham contest.

    2017 International Hurdle tips from Cheltenham say take The New One bets over Melon odds

    Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is on a hot streak of big race Saturday winners, and that can continue as faithful servant The New One looks to hold leading claims in the 2m 1f Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham (15:05).

    The nine-year-old is already a three-time winner of this contest, including last year’s renewal.

    He is fancied for an outright record fourth success here because the runner-up and third from the 2016 edition take him on again.

    If The New One was good enough to put them to the sword when making all 12 months ago, then there is every reason to stick with him.

    Twiston-Davies’ charge stayed on up the Cheltenham hill, leaving My Tent Or Yours and Old Guard in his wake.

    Great strike rate

    The New One bets appeal most among 2017 International Hurdle tips from Cheltenham.

    Although well-beaten during the spring and end-of-season festivals at Prestbury Park, Aintree and Sandown, The New One boasts an impressive strike rate of 16 wins from 29 starts over hurdles.

    Those include in the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock back in January and when carrying top weight on reappearance at Ffos Las.

    I was wrong to doubt The New One, who made all in testing conditions in Wales and gets similar going underfoot here.

    He showed in the Welsh Champion Hurdle that he’s not as vulnerable to younger, improving horses as it first appears.

    Although only a 5 3/4 lengths fourth to Elgin in the Grade 3 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham last time out, The New One again shouldered top weight.

    Old Guard finished a length ahead in third, but the selection now meets that re-opposing rival on 17lb better terms.

    That is more than enough to turn the tables and The New One is a race-fit horse, unlike long-time opponent My Tent Or Yours.

    Melon odds squeezed

    Our 2017 International Hurdle tips say Melon odds look a little short in the betting.

    Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up Melon is set to come over from Ireland for the race, but must justify his lofty reputation.

    The five-year-old has had just four starts since joining Willie Mullins, landing a Leopardstown maiden on debut and the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle from stablemate Coquin Mans on reappearance at Down Royal.

    Melon makes mistakes when under pressure for me; so, if he lines up in this, cannot afford them.

    Errors proved costly in the Supreme when the temperamental Labaik went past him and clear at the last.

    He also went down a length in another Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival when far from fluent over two out.

    I advise caution for punters considering Melon odds, which are plenty short enough, with The New One bets a safer proposition.

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    Cheltenham Bet recommend the following 2017 International Hurdle tips: The New One bets to win at 13/8 with Paddy Power.

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