Northumberland Plate tips and runner-by-runner guide for Newcastle 3.30


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Trueshan faces a huge task in the Northumberland Plate as he has to give 19 pounds or more to his 19 rivals.

After skipping the Ascot Gold Cup due to unfavorable pitch conditions, the Alan King superstar was redirected around 3.30pm on Saturday at Newcastle, a year after finishing sixth in the highest weight in the lucrative handicap.


Rajinsky, third in the Chester Cup, appears to be the main threat as promising jockey Harry Davies claims a precious 5-pounder. Onesmoothoperator is also big in betting with Paddy Power having never finished outside the top three at Newcastle in six appearances on the course.

Below are Northumberland Plate tips from our horse racing experts and a nifty rider-by-rider guide for all 20 horses.

Northumberland Plate Racers


Coach: Alan King Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 6 lester: 10st 8lbs

He established himself as the best stayer in Europe last year by winning the Goodwood Cup, the Cadran at Longchamp and the Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Took Nottingham on the shopping list on the return, but asked hugely to challenge a 120 mark (only sixth this past year out of 118).

Verdon red

Coach: Ed Dunlop Jockey:Ben Curtis Age: 9 lester: 9st 3lbs

Admirable veteran who has more than paid his way over the years, winning 10 times overall and countless good efforts in defeat. Poorly placed at Royal Ascot last time out but would still be a surprise winner.


Coach:Hugo Palmer Jockey:Harry Davies Age: 6 lester: 9st 3lbs

Authentic and reliable stay that looked better than ever winning the Ripon 2m handicap on the return. Good third in the Chester Cup under this rider since and was unlucky not to finish closer when placed 12 months ago. Lots to love.

Ok Sun

Coach:Keith Dalgleish Jockey: Billy Garritty Age: seven lester: 9st 1lbs

Not seen the best last year and efforts well placed in handicaps Last 3 starts, fourth of 16 at Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (14.2f, good to firm, 40/1) 11 days ago, closing until line. Respected.

Rainbow Dreamer

Coach: Alan King Jockey: Kevin Stott Age: 9 lester: 9st 0lbs

Nine victories in 32 flat courses. 1 victory in 3 races this year. Slightly below fifth of 12 in the Class 2 event at this C&D (10/1) 71 days ago, unable to sustain the effort. We have to get back on track.

Island Brave

Coach: Main Heather Jockey: Benoit de la Sayette Age: 8 lester: 9st 0lbs

Placed this past year ahead of the match display when considering Alright Sunshine and others at the Old Borough Cup at Haydock in September. Has struggled to make an impact since, however, tenth out of 16 in handicap at Royal Ascot (14.2f, good at firm) 11 days ago.


Coach:Charlie Appleby Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 4 lester: 9st 0lbs

Winner of 3 of his 4 starts after being neutered last year and perfect start to this season by picking up a 2m handicap at Kempton in March. Later efforts at Haydock were too bad to be true, and shaped as they had quickly returned to form at Royal Ascot ever since.

mind blender

Coach: Andrew Balding Jockey: Callum Hutchinson Age: 4 lester: 8st 13lbs

Has taken his form up a notch over the past few months, completing a hat-trick while remaining emphatically quick on 13.4f at Chester. Not the best placed when fourth on the revised mark 2 weeks ago.

Lemaxwe can

Coach:Charlie and Mark Johnston Jockey:Jason Hart Age: 6 lester: 8st 13lbs

Well leaned to land on a small Goodwood handicap course (2m) in September. Best effort since when honorable tenth out of 19 in handicap at Royal Ascot (20f, good at firm) 11 days ago.

tribal art

Coach:Charlie and Mark Johnston Jockey: Joe Fanning Age: 4 lester: 8st 12lbs

Improved at long distances this season, winning on the return trip to Wolverhampton before good efforts in defeat, including when he was seventh from 19 in handicap at Royal Ascot (20f, good at firm, 40/1) 11 years ago days. 2m should be more suitable but designed the widest.

summer knight

Coach: Sir Mark Prescott Bt Jockey: Luke Morris Age: 4 lester: 8st 12lbs

Typical improver for the yard, recording a fifth career success at Haydock (14f) in September in impressive fashion. Fit as if best for racing when fifth in 6 in handicap at Newmarket (14f, good) on return 43 days ago. Made his tapeta debut. Interesting.

pirate king

Coach:Charlie Fellowes Jockey: Cam Hardie Age: seven lester: 8st 11lbs

Good track record on the Lingfield polytrack, second again there are 2 starts. Sixth of 9 in handicap (11/1) at Epsom (12f, good) 67 days ago. Noticeably up when travelling. Play on 1st time.

Who dare win

Coach: Alan King Jockey:Saffie Osborne Age: ten lester: 8st 11lbs

Smart dual purpose performer at his best and won 2 years ago with 6 lbs more. Has aged well so not rejected in this area.

golden flame

Coach:Charlie and Mark Johnston Jockey:Connor Beasley Age: 4 lester: 8st 11lbs

Largely regular stayer who ended 2021 with a success against Haydock (14f) in September. Better to come back when second on this site, but travel too far when fifteenth of 19 in handicap (25/1) at Royal Ascot (20f, good to farm) 11 days ago.


Coach:Brian Ellison Jockey:Ben Robinson Age: 4 lester: 8st 11lbs

Useful sorting with consistent recording on the AW. Stiff task on turf starts last time and this much more fitting test.


Coach: TJ Kent Jockey: Ray Dawson Age: 8 lester: 8st 10lbs

Smart miler in France for André Fabre in 2019 who produced the best effort for the current yard when scoring at Ascot last August. Better for the return when good third of 8 in handicap at Kempton (12f) 24 days ago. Noticeably up when travelling. Made his tapeta debut. Not taken lightly.

Valley Forge

Coach: Andrew Balding Jockey: David Probert Age: 4 lester: 8st 9lbs

Hit in the big pitch Melrose Handicap in York last season. Career best in winning a 12-runner handicap at Haydock (16.2f, good, 4/1) 35 days ago by Golden Flame header. Made his tapeta debut. Remains unexposed as a stayer and shortlisted.

Mr. Chauvelin

Coach:Jim Goldie Jockey: Paul Hanagan Age: ten lester: 8st 8lbs

Still useful despite veteran status, having scored 3 wins on the AW this winter. Good record here but may find it too competitive at this stage of his career.

uber cool

Coach: Jane Chapple Hyam Jockey: Robert Pie Age: 8 lester: 8st 7lbs

Did well last season, including winning Chester in return, so no vain hope for a late comeback here.

Solent Gateway

Coach:Hugo Palmer Jockey: Andrew Mullen Age: 4 lester: 8st 6lbs

Encourage stable starts when closing in Epsom on return. Excuse the two departures since but must settle better on the trip.


Northumberland Flat Spikes

France Berry: It will be an effort if Trueshan can gain that big weight, but I like Alan King’s second string, RAINBOW DREAMER. He has lost 4 pounds since his race in April. His form is good and he likes the all-weather track. He’s going to do this to me!

Matt Chapman: I’m going to try my luck with another Keith Dalgleish rider in the form of seven-year-old ALRIGHT SUNSHINE, who is ridden by Billy Garrity. My prospect has a decent race weight of 9lbs and a 99 mark is achievable as he showed when he was fourth behind Get Shirty at Royal Ascot. It was a bit shorter than that, but no problem. Stronghold claims at least. Was an unlucky 10th last year on the same mark.

Mick Fitzgerald: I feel a bit mean to desert Trueshan because he is the best horse in this competition. However, the burden of 10st 8lb and the fact that he was beaten in the race last year must be a bit of a concern. Add to that the fact that he was a non-runner twice at Royal Ascot last week and I’m turning him down. Brian Ellison didn’t win the Northumberland Plate and that’s one of his life ambitions. I think ONESMOOTHOPERATOR gives it a very good chance. He ran very well on the track behind Earlofthecotswolds on the day of the all-weather final. Andrew Balding has some chances in this area and Valley Forge must have a big chance for him and David Probert.

form of time: Lots to consider, but it might be worth changing SUMMER’S KNIGHT, who was the most progressive at 3 and should prove even better for his comeback. The veterans have dominated this past year and Graphite could be the pick of the older squad attempting this journey for the first time, while the likeable Rajinsky and progressive Valley Forge also top the list.

Ruby Walsh: Seems like a tough race to pick a winner, so I’m going to pick ALRIGHT SUNSHINE because he might place. Billy Garritty rides for Keith Dalgleish and he made it home safely at Ascot. He’s consistent and he generally runs a solid race. He likes to get out of rhythm and it’s a good game in every way.

Jason Weaver: TRUESHAN was kept away from the racetrack because the rain didn’t come and he showed up for another crack at this contest after a good effort here last season. It’s an upgraded model this time around and there’s no denying it fits particularly well for this Hollie Doyle driver as well. He’s a big ask under a big weight but he’s a big boy who can handle anything thrown at him.

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