12:10 Haydock Park

Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively At Betfair Newton Novices' Hurdle (Listed) (Class 1)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 7f 144y
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places )
  • Surface: Turf
  • £25,000 added
  • Winner: £14,238
  • 2nd: £5,342
  • 3rd: £2,675
  • 4th: £1,332
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 38.00s
  • Off Time: 12:10:34
  • 5 Ran
Silk - White, large Dark Blue spots, armlets and cap

Black Key

115 D
  • Form 326-131
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 137

led until approaching and mistake 1st, remained prominent, jumped right 4th, blundered 4 out, soon lost place

Silk - Violet, white cap
  • Form 42-1142
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 130

led 2nd, 5 lengths clear next, hard driven when challenged after last, headed and no extra closing stages

Silk - Black, Yellow triple diamond, halved sleeves, Yellow cap


22 t BFD
  • Form 13
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 127

tracked leaders, effort 3 out, soon one pace, weakened approaching last

Silk - Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves
  • Form 24P-121
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 136

tracked leaders, took keen hold, 2nd after 4 out, outpaced after next, rallied last, hard ridden to lead towards finish, stayed on strongly

Silk - Emerald green, brown spots and sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 3-3
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up in rear but in touch, not fluent 4th, outpaced next, detached when mistake 4 out, tailed off

Previous results

In depth


Donald McCain has an interesting new recruit in Black Key, a dual winner over hurdles in Ireland for Henry De Bromhead while Cause Toujours has shown good progress over timber this year though was well beaten on a previous attempt in this grade at Market Rasen. But GRAND SANCY fared much better when runner-up in Listed company at Kempton last month having won either side of that and it’s Paul Nicholls’ charge that gets the nod to come out best. Denmead made a winning start over hurdles but failed to land the odds at Wetherby last time when refusing to settle while Colin Tizzard could have found an easier opportunity for point-to-point recruit Lough Derg Diamond and he’s worth a second glance.


Black Key 10-1 (11-8) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 3 out, ridden clear from next, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Galway 2m 5f hcp Yielding - Soft in Aug beating Mill Quest (11-5) by 7l, 20 ran.

Cause Toujours (FR) 6-4fav (12-1) Tracked leaders, headway travelling well enough before 2 out, went 2nd soon after 2 out, kept on same pace run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Maire Banrigh (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp (3) gd in Oct.

Denmead 4-11fav (11-4) Keen tracking leaders on inside, went 2nd 2 out, every chance when hit last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 8, 3 3/4l behind Skidoosh (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) gd in Nov.

Grand Sancy (FR) 4-6fav (11-8) Mostly tracked leader, challenged 2 out, led before last, shaken up and kept on well run-in, won at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) gd in Nov beating Shiroccan Roll (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.

Lough Derg Diamond (IRE) 10-1 (12-2) Mid-div, 5th 1/2way, mod 5th aftr 4out, rdn 3out & went poor 4th early str, no dngr from 2out, 3rd of 10, 26l behind The Con Man (12-2) at Monksgrange 3m mdn hvy in Apr.