AS so often in the past, the most notable northern-bred winner of the week was The New One whose great fighting spirit saw him win Saturday’s Grade 2 Unibet Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock for the fourth year in succession.

Having made all the running, the 10-year-old King’s Theatre gelding was headed a furlong down but the even-money favourite rallied close home to score by half a length from his main market-rival, the seven-year-old Sageburg gelding Ch’Tibello.