We head to Northumberland Plate day at Newcastle to try and land the Placepot...
"Kimberella is the first to get the nod; he won impressively at Ripon in April and given his tendency to race prominently may be handed the run of the race..."
13:35 - We kick off proceedings with a five-furlong maiden and a sole selection will suffice in the shape of Al Gomry. He made a promising start to his career at York earlier this month and it would be no surprise to see Richard Fahey's expensive son of Exceed and Excel notch up his first career win. This looks a less competitive race and he should have sufficient class to make the frame at the very least.
14:05 - It's a six-furlong handicap under consideration next and it looks a wide-open race. Kimberella is the first to get the nod; he won impressively at Ripon in April and given his tendency to race prominently may be handed the run of the race. The other to make the cut is Mississippi, who posted a more-than-satisfactory effort on his return at Doncaster and should be capable of better in the masterful hands of David Barron; if he's come on for the run last time he looks well enough treated by the assessor to run well and he may surprise a few.
14:40 - Although three-year-olds don't have the strongest record in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes over six furlong which follows, they hold a strong hand in this year's renewal. A sole selection will suffice in the shape of Saayerr, who was beaten less than a length when trying to give 3 lb to Shifting Power in the Free Handicap at Newbury on his reappearance and should have enough class to win.
15:15 - It's a seven furlong handicap up next and given that My Freedom has a fine record when fresh and has been off for four months, he is the first to get the nod. Although he does have to give upwards of 8 lbs away to the field such is his form when coming back off a break that he looks sure to run well again. The other to keep on side is Dream Walker; although he's creeping up the weights after a couple of placed efforts he's in good form of late and another bold bid would be no surprise.
15:50 - Tropical Beat looks to have as good a chance as any in the feature contest on the card, the Northumberland Plate, which follows. He showed himself to be retain all of his ability as a five-year-old for David O'Meara last year and will strip a lot fitter for his reappearance at Newmarket. The other to keep on side is Oriental Fox, who was a narrow second in this race last year and looks to be in good form of late so shouldn't struggle with the extra weight he carries.
16:25 - If the perm is still alive going into the final leg we must lay all our hopes on two horses: the first is Muffin McLeay, who was only nabbed in the dying strides at Ripon last time and remains well-treated by the assessor on the pick of his form, and is taken to go close again. The other is Amaze, whose been shaping as if a big performance is on the way in recent outings and has Oisin Murphy claiming 3 lb off his back; conditions looks to be at an optimum and he is hard to ignore.
13:35 - 1
14:05 - 4,8
14:40 - 7
15:15 - 1,6
15:50 - 1,4,
16:25 - 3,7
= 16 Lines