Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies insists he is confident his team will do well at Aintree next week despite the threat of Annie Power.
Willie Mullins’ charge stormed to victory at Cheltenham in the Champion Hurdle earlier this month, with Twiston-Davies having to settle for fourth with The New One.
Despite signs he may be losing some pace, Twiston-Davies is expected to enter The New One in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles.
He has never finished outside the top two in his last two
Aintree Hurdle events but the addition of Annie Power may cause him problems.
However, Twiston-Davies is expecting his charge to push her all the way.
He told Sky Sports: “He will going to Aintree. Maybe he has lost a little bit of speed so perhaps he needs the two-mile-four-furlongs now.
“I know Annie Power is coming over but we’ll make her work. I was devastated at Cheltenham and the press at long last were proved right, but he was still only beaten eight lengths so it wasn’t too bad.
“He’s still really good but perhaps not quite as fast but over a longer distance he’ll improve again.”
As well as The New One, Ballyandy and Blacklion will also run in Liverpool just weeks after doing well at Prestbury Park.
Twiston-Davies has decided to enter the latter into the Mildmay Novices’ Chase while Ballyandy runs in the Champion Bumper.