Northumberland Plate – Racing Tips’ 1-2-3-4

Northumberland Plate – Saturday 25th June 

Twenty runners are scheduled to head to post in Newcastle’s feature staying handicap on Saturday and here at Racing Tips, we have provided our 1-2-3-4 for the Class 2 contest which you can check out below. 

1. OnesmoothoperatorBrian Ellison, Ben Robinson 

All-weather regular ONESMOOTHOPERATOR bids to provide North Yorkshire handler Brian Ellison with his first victory in the Northumberland Plate on Saturday afternoon. The Newcastle-born trainer came agonisingly close to landing this feature-staying contest in 2016 with Seamour but the five-year-old was ultimately worn down in the closing stages by Charlie Appleby’s Antiquarium. 

Connections have clearly had this contest on the agenda for quite some time with Onesmoothoperator, and with course form figures of 1-3-2-2-2-3, it’s easy to see why. Unfortunate not to score over this course and distance three starts back when narrowly denied by Nate the Great, the four-year-old soon gained his revenge on Andrew Balding’s charge on his following start in a valuable conditions race – running a tremendous race in third to finish behind Nigel Twiston-Davies’ progressive dual-purpose performer, Earlofthecotswolds. 

Switched to the turf for the first time in his career at York last time out, the four-year-old was far from disgraced in a decent Listed contest and whilst he ultimately finished last in the hands of Ben Robinson, Onesmoothoperator was only beaten just over four lengths at the line behind significantly higher-rated rivals. 

Returning on the all-weather surface this weekend, the four-year-old will be expected to go close once more back in handicap company and connections will be confident the four-year-old can strike here and provide trainer Brian Ellison with that elusive Northumberland plate success.

2. RajinskyHugo Palmer, Harry Davies (5)

Trainer Hugo Palmer appears to have two solid contenders in the Northumberland Plate and whilst he is an obvious choice at the head of the betting, it’s difficult to see RAJINSKY not being involved in the finish on Saturday afternoon after finishing third in last season’s renewal. 

Formerly with Tom Dascombe, the six-year-old managed to get his head in front on two occasions last season but also performed with credit in defeat. Second at York in a valuable two-mile handicap in August, Rajinsky went on to run a mighty race on his final start of the year when finishing a respectable sixth at Newmarket in the Cesarewitch. 

Returning from a 196-day break at Ripon in April, Hugo Palmer’s charge defeated David O’Meara’s subsequent dual scorer Get Shirty over two miles before going on to run a huge race in third in the Chester Cup over the extended 2m2f behind Aidan O’Brien’s highly regarded four-year-old Cleveland and Andrew Balding’s recent Royal Ascot winner Coltrane. 

With the form of his last two starts working out extremely well, Rajinsky will be expected to take another sizeable step forward on Saturday afternoon and the six-year-old looks to have leading claims with rising star Harry Davies maintaining the partnership. 

3. Solent GatewayHugo Palmer, Andrew Mullen

Scraping in at the foot of the weights here is SOLENT GATEWAY and whilst his last two efforts have been somewhat disappointing, there is a suspicion that the four-year-old has more to give in staying handicaps and could be set to run a big race here for trainer Hugo Palmer. 

Seemingly unfancied in the market ahead of his first run for Hugo Palmer at Epsom in April, Solent Gateway made an eye-catching return following a six-month layoff – hitting a flat spot, before staying on strongly under James Doyle to finish third over 1m4f. As a result, he was well found in the market on his next start in the Chester Cup over the extended 2m2f, however, the four-year-old took a fierce hold from the outset and gradually weakened out of contention turning for home. 

Despite trailing home once again at Epsom earlier this month, a line can be drawn through his latest start as he met plenty of trouble in running that day and was denied a clear run at the leaders towards the inside rail over the twelve-furlong trip. 

Unexposed over staying trips, he remains just 6lb higher than for his cosy Chester success on his one and only start over two miles last August. Already proven on the all-weather (not beaten far on either occasion), Solent Gateway makes plenty of appeal at the current prices and it would be no surprise to see him reach the frame in receipt of plenty of weight. 

4. TrueshanAlan King, Hollie Doyle 

Shouldering top weight here won’t be an easy task, but it’s extremely difficult to leave Alan King’s TRUESHAN completely out of the picture after missing his previous engagement in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. 

Although he failed to trouble the judge in this contest twelve months ago when finishing sixth, Trueshan certainly didn’t look back following that defeat, winning his next three starts in Group company in the Goodwood Cup, Prix du Cadran and Long Distance Cup. 

A comfortable winner of a Listed event at Nottingham on his seasonal reappearance, Trueshan was geared up for a tilt at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot earlier this month, however, those plans were ultimately scrapped by connections due to the quick conditions underfoot. 

Officially rated 120, he is by far the class act in this field and the six-year-old should have every chance of making the frame at the very least despite conceding plenty of weight all round.