Northumberland Plate Handicap Preview

newcastleBy Samantha Martin (@sam_angelina22)

It has been a week since the final day of Royal Ascot, when Nando Parrado was a shock winner of the Coventry Stakes at 100/1. Jessie Harrington won the Coronation Stakes with the likeable sister to Alpha Centauri, Alpine Star. Palace Pier got the better of Pinatubo and Wichita. Kevin Stott won at the Royal meeting for the first time in the Diamond Jubilee and won the Wokingham Stakes straight after Tom Marquand capped the week of with a hard-fought victory on the well-backed Who Dares Wins in the Queen Alexandra.

However, horse racing was struck to its core this week by the passing of Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell and Aintree Racecourse chairman Rose Paterson. Our thoughts, here at Rein It In Racing are with their family and friends in this horrific time.

There is Classic action this Saturday as Ireland’s top colts head to the Curragh to stake their claims in the Irish Derby. It looks an extremely interesting, open contest and I’m going to side with Arthur’s Kingdom, who I gave as a horse to follow in our flat season podcast, and I also think Crossfirehurricane will run a big race for Joseph O’Brien.

In England, the Northumberland Plate – despite not being a Class 1 contest – is the big race of the day from Newcastle on the tapeta track. Due to the hot weather, the track will be riding slow as the surface has wax in which holds the fibres together. When it is hot, the wax melts and the track is less compact.

The horse that jumped out to me straight away was number one Magic Circle. This horse is eight now and we haven’t seen him for a year when he finished ninth in the Ascot Gold Cup. 2018 was a good year for him when, from just two starts, he won the Chester Cup, over two miles and two furlongs, and the Henry II for Ian Williams. He has joined Richard Fahey but fitness and the weight could be a worry on his reappearance. Reshoun runs for the same ownership and he has recently been bought by Marwan Koukash after a good win at Kempton in November over this sort of trip.

Mark Johnston has two runners – Anyonecanhaveitall and King’s Advice. The former was second to Just Hubert, who has struggled to figure in races since, over this trip at Musselburgh and then won over course and distance by four lengths. He went down a neck in a similar contest as that on his last start of 2019. On reappearance, he was beaten by Oleg but has been put up 3lbs. he has a featherweight of 8st. Denmead, for trainer Dan Skelton, followed in Anyonecanhaveitall that day and he’s already a dual winner at this trip. King’s Advice has ran four times in 2020 already. He was sixth in this last year, when Cosmeli was fifth, and was beaten seven and a half lengths by Rainbow Dreamer at Kempton in a three runner race. That was the final leg of a treble for Alan King’s horse after previous success at Kempton and Wolverhampton. Last time, he was fourth in the Sagaro Stakes, with King’s Advice sixth. The King team are in great form after winning two races at Royal Ascot.

Charlie Fellowes won the Sandringham for the second year running at Royal Ascot and he has Carnwennan. This horse completed a hattrick last year but was second to Smart Champion at Newcastle in February. Smart Champion also had Cosmeli behind that day. In his next start, David Simcock’s horse finished fourth, beaten one and a half lengths, in the Ascot Stakes. Simcock went for a long spell without a winner after lockdown but his horses appear to be winding up. There has been an interesting amount of support for him in the market. Rajinsky has ran just nine times and was two from three over the winter with the defeat coming at this course. He came third over one mile four furlongs last time and attempts two miles for the first time.

Gay Kelleway has two runners representing her. Cosmeli is a grand seven year old and was fifth twelve months ago. Since then, he has won at Chelmsford and finished third to Collide last time. Collide won at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in a listed race before that and, last time, he was seventh in one of the new handicaps at Royal Ascot. He has top All-Weather jockey Ben Curtis on board. Mukha Magic is Kelleway’s other runner. He completed a treble under talented apprentice George Rooke, who claims 5lbs on board Cosmeli in this. Next time, he finished sixth to Australis and he was last seen running a huge race in the Queen Alexandra, only beaten two and a half lengths.

John Ryan has two horses, Sevenna Star and Hiroshima, for owner Mr G Smith-Bernal. The former won a listed race and a group three in 2018 before coming tenth in the Derby when in training with John Gosden. He was fourth of five in a listed race on his only ever try at two miles last season. Hiroshima had only won a class five Southwell maiden before finishing eighth in the Lingfield Derby Trial and eleventh in the Derby itself. When last seen, he followed in two nice horses (Hamish and Trueshan) in October and he steps up two and a half furlongs in trip from that.

Technological and Financial Conduct are both outsiders but have gear changes to hopefully eek out some improvement. The latter wears cheekpieces for the first time and ran in three hurdle races over the winter without making much impression. He was brought down when December Second tragically lost his life on the opening day of the season. He’s a three times winner at Dundalk. Technological wears a visor for the first time and Noel Garbutt takes off 3lbs on this grey gelding. He makes his first start for the Milton Harris yard after three wins from twenty starts. Glencadam Glory has his second start for Tim Easterby after leaving John Gosden. He was ninth in the 2017 Derby and his run last time was good, especially as it was off a 922 day absence. A good run is expected as he was fifth in the Queen Alexandra in 2018.

Australis goes for the in-form Roger Varian stable. He had Caravan Of Hope and Mukha Magic in behind at Wolverhampton. He’s ran nine times and won twice but steps up in trip. He did stay on well over two furlongs less than today’s trip and is one of the favourites. CARAVAN OF HOPE is my selection. He was gelded over the winter and had previously concluded his campaign with a victory on heavy ground over one mile and six and a half furlongs really easily. I think he will stay based on that and especially as he’s related to Weather Watch and Grandee who stayed further than two miles. Glencadam Glory and Mukha Magic could run well too.

Rest Of The Card Selections

R1- Tilsit

R2- Inhaler

R3- Gunmetal

R4- Brando

R5- Lahore

R6- Aloe Vera

R7- Caravan of Hope

R8- Al Kout

R9- Juniors Dream

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