Northumberland Plate tips and runner-by-runner guide to Newcastle 2.05 on Saturday

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Horses racing in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle

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Zoffee is among the maximum field of 20 runners set to contest Saturday’s big betting race, the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Hugo Palmer’s course-and-distance winner, courtesy of success in last year’s Northumberland Vase, hit the post on seasonal reappearance when placing second in the Chester Cup before finishing sixth in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting last week.

Stablemate Rajinsky, who beat last year’s Northumberland Plate winner Trueshan in April, tops the weights. Adjuvant and Post Impressionist appear to be the leading four-year-olds in the pack, while Oisin Murphy takes the ride on Golden Rules.

The latest Northumberland Plate odds are on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise Timeform’s guide to the runners as well as betting tips from the racing boffins can be found below.

Northumberland Plate tips

Timeform: William Haggas’ low-mileage 4-y-o POST IMPRESSIONIST signed off for 2022 with an emphatic York success and can take another sizeable step forward on his first go over 2m to claim his biggest prize yet. Sir Mark Prescott’s returning Omniscient is another unexposed stayer going the right way and he rates a big threat, while Cesarewitch runner-up Vino Victrix is weighted to have a say if building on his Chester Cup eleventh. Adjuvant and Nathanael Greene complete the shortlist in a cracking Plate.

Northumberland Plate runners

Rajinsky

Trainer: Hugo Palmer Jockey: Connor Planas Age: 7 Weight: 9st 12lbs Draw: 4

1 win from 3 runs this year. Latest win at Nottingham in April. Good fifth of 16 in handicap at Chester (18.6f, soft, 14/1) 50 days ago. Needs considering.

***

Rainbow Dreamer

Trainer: Alan King Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 10 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 8

Eleven wins from 39 Flat runs. 1 win from 3 runs this year. Won 9-runner minor event (10/1) at this C&D 85 days ago, suited by way race developed. Not discounted.

***

Calling The Wind

Trainer: Richard Hughes Jockey: Neil Callan Age: 7 Weight: 9st 4lbs Draw: 14

Twelve runs since last win in 2021. 15/2, good second of 19 in Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot (20f, good) 11 days ago, running on. Cheekpieces back on. Not taken lightly.

***

 

Berkshire Rocco

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Clifford Lee Age: 6 Weight: 9st 4lbs Draw: 3

Latest win at Southwell in January. Bit below form tenth of 16 in handicap at Royal Ascot (14.2f, good, 25/1) 11 days ago. More is needed.

***

Omniscient

Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott Bt Jockey: Luke Morris Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 9

Progressive on the whole and was firmly back on the up when scoring readily at Southwell (1m4f) 9 months ago. Yard is among the winners so he’s very much one to consider now stepping up to 2m.

****

Zoffee

Trainer: Hugo Palmer Jockey: Ben Curtis Age: 7 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 16

C&D winner. Good sixth of 19 in Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot (20f, good, 16/1) 11 days ago, caught further back than ideal. Merits consideration off an unchanged mark.

***

Post Impressionist

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 19

Low-mileage Teofilo gelding who signed off for 2022 with a career-best win in 14-runner handicap at York (13.8f, good to soft) in October, forging clear. 8lb higher now and off 8 months but he’s interesting with this step up to 2m a big plus.

*****

Adjuvant

Trainer: Michael Bell Jockey: Billy Loughnane Age: 4 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 7

1 win from 2 runs this year. 5/2, career best when winning 9-runner handicap at Newmarket (14f, good) 43 days ago, staying on well. Makes tapeta debut. Looks competitive on form despite a 4 lb rise.

****

Second Slip

Trainer: James Fanshawe Jockey: Daniel Muscutt Age: 6 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 5

Course winner. Tongue strap on for 1st time, respectable seventh of 14 in handicap at Kempton (12f, 9/2) 24 days ago, not knocked about. Significantly up in trip. Enters calculations.

***

Golden Rules

Trainer: Deborah Faulkner Jockey: Oisin Murphy Age: 6 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 10

1 win from 1 run this year. First run since leaving John & Thady Gosden when winning 7-runner handicap (9/1) at Kempton (16f), always holding on. Off 108 days and this is tougher but not totally dismissed.

***

Vino Victrix

Trainer: Hughie Morrison Jockey: Benoit de la Sayette Age: 5 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 6

Enjoyed a productive 2022 campaign, runner-up in Cesarewitch at Newmarket. Not disgraced when 11th in Chester Cup (18.6f, soft) 50 days ago and weighted to go well on his tapeta debut.

****

Law Of The Sea

Trainer: Ian Williams Jockey: Richard Kingscote Age: 5 Weight: 8st 11lbs Draw: 2

Good fourth of 19 in Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot (20f, good) 11 days ago. Makes tapeta debut. Cheekpieces back on. Can give another good account.

***

Themaxwecan

Trainer: Charlie Johnston Jockey: Joe Fanning Age: 7 Weight: 8st 11lbs Draw: 13

Useful sort who has got back on track of late, twelfth of 19 in Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot (20f, good, 40/1) 11 days ago. Not completely dismissed.

***

Good Show

Trainer: Keith Dalgleish Jockey: Jason Hart Age: 4 Weight: 8st 10lbs Draw: 17

Latest win at Hamilton in May. Eighth of 10 in handicap at Haydock (11.8f, firm, 4/1) 21 days ago. Significantly up in trip. Makes tapeta debut with more required.

**

Aztec Empire

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Harry Davies Age: 4 Weight: 8st 8lbs Draw: 18

Pair of AW wins at up to 2m at Kempton this year but having only his second outing on turf when a remote sixth on very testing ground at Newbury last month. Could bounce back.

***

Sir Chauvelin

Trainer: Jim Goldie Jockey: William Pyle Age: 11 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 12

4-time course winner. Only tenth of 11 in handicap at Ayr (13.1f, firm, 50/1) 7 days ago but veteran is the sort to bounce back round here.

***

Nathanael Greene

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Andrea Atzeni Age: 4 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 11

Mainly on the up last season (a dual winner) and he has posted solid efforts at Ascot and Goodwood (14f) this May. Needs considering now his stamina is drawn out more.

****

Matchless

Trainer: Jennie Candlish Jockey: Graham Lee Age: 5 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 20

1 win from 2 runs this year. Latest win at Doncaster in May. 8/1, creditable third of 8 in handicap at Pontefract (12f, good to firm) 19 days ago, having run of race. Significantly up in trip but he’s no forlorn hope.

***

Green Team

Trainer: Ian Williams Jockey: Andrew Mullen Age: 4 Weight: 8st 6lbs Draw: 15

Useful performer at best but comfortably held all 4 starts in Meydan this year for present stable and no upturn for return to these shores when well held at Ascot and Espom.

**

Mountain Road

Trainer: David Simcock Jockey: Cam Hardie Age: 4 Weight: 8st 5lbs Draw: 1

Ended last season on the up, winning a pair of Chelmsford handicaps at up to 2m, but only sixth of seven in 2m Goodwood handicap last time. Needs to bounce back.

***

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