15:35 Newcastle – Northumberland Plate
The Northumberland Plate was first run in 1833 and is now one of the richest two-mile handicaps across the globe with the winner taking home a cool £92,385. Originally run on turf, it switched to the Tapeta track in 2016 and in recent years the most successful trainer has been Roger Charlton who has saddled the winner twice in the last four years. Unfortunately we won’t get to see his runner Withhold in his bid to become the first back-to-back winner since Tug Of War in 1978 as a lung infection has meant he is unable to take his place.
Moving on to those that are still scheduled to run we see Stratum, a Willie Mullins runner who commands respect given his record over todays’ trip when on the flat and over obstacles. A placed effort on his only prior run on an all-weather surface gives confidence that he will handle the track and with stamina assured he will likely be involved at the business end of the race.
Gibbs Hill hasn’t been seen on a racecourse since July 2017 and has only raced over shorter trips than he encounters here, however has won on return from a long absence before and is yet to finish outside the top three places in all seven career runs to date. He was beginning to look a high-class horse in the making and as the early market suggests he could regain the winning thread with the minimum of fuss, however this does look a tough race to make your re-appearance and for that reason I am happy to look elsewhere.
Kings Advice is unbeaten in six career runs for trainer Mark Johnston, three of which have come on an all-weather surface. This will be his toughest test to date, and is also his first attempt over a two-mile trip, but he has beaten a couple of decent yardsticks on his journey to this point and always finishes his race off strongly so the trip should be within his compass and it is difficult to look past him for a place at the very least.
Others to consider in this typically competitive race are Bartholomeu Dais who has an excellent record on the surface and Speedo Boy who always tends to run well in big-field handicaps.
KINGS ADVICE (E/W)
13:50 Newcastle – Nick Vedder (E/W)
14:05 Newmarket – Shammah (WIN)
14:25 Newcastle – Mr Lupton (WIN)
14:45 York – Intisaab (E/W)
15:00 Newcastle – Coeur De Lion (WIN)
15:15 Newmarket – Glorious Journey (WIN)
15:35 Newcastle – Kings Advice (E/W)
The Cambridge News – PicksfromthePaddock.co.uk:
14:25 Newcastle – MR LUPTON (WIN)
The Jersey Evening Post – Rory Paddock:
16:10 Newcastle – RASHDAN (WIN)
East Anglian Daily Times – Dean Kilbryde:
17:20 Curragh – MADHMOON (WIN)
Norwich Evening News – Chris Connolly:
14:45 York – INTISAAB (WIN)
Ipswich Star – Matt Polley:
15:10 Chester – BLOWN BY WIND (WIN)