Sam Twiston-Davies was thrilled by a schooling session from his Champion Hurdle ride The New One last week...
"He's in great form. We gave him a schooling session on Monday and he was brilliant."
Trained by his father Nigel, last season's Neptune Novices' Hurdle winner won his first two starts of the campaign, beating former champion Rock On Ruby at Kempton, and then Zarkandar, his Aintree Hurdle conqueror, at Cheltenham.
He was narrowly beaten by My Tent Or Yours in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton when he fluffed the final flight with the race still in the balance, and he will now head to the Festival without another run.
Sam Twiston-Davies told At The Races: "He's in great form. We gave him a schooling session on Monday and he was brilliant.
"We're very happy. He'll be going straight to Cheltenham. I wouldn't swap my fellow for anything - I love him to bits."
The New One is currently vying for favouritism in the Champion Hurdle with last year's victor, Hurricane Fly, available to back in Betfair at [4.3].