Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday June 25
Timeform pick out three bets from the third and final day of the Northumberland Plate Festival at Newcastle on Saturday.
"He has often given the impression that the extra two furlongs that he encounters here would be in his favour..."
Poet's Society - Newcastle 13:55
Poet's Society produced a fairly useful level of form when opening his account at this venue last month and wasn't disgraced when narrowly beaten on his most recent outing at Musselburgh. He displayed a tenacious attitude in defeat that day, keeping on well when joined two furlongs from home and only giving way in the closing stages. The winner has since finished a good fourth in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and - 4 lb clear of My Cherry Blossom on Timeform ratings - Poet's Society should prove extremely difficult to beat here.
Mr Lupton - Newcastle 14:30
Mr Lupton defied top-weight to land a valuable prize at York two weeks ago, staying on well to lead deep inside the final furlong and always holding the challenge of the similarly progressive runner-up. He showed himself to be a smart performer on that occasion and did enough to suggest he was worth a try in this company. Indeed, he is behind only Pretend on Timeform ratings here and - with that rival likely to improve for his first run of the season - Mr Lupton is expected to follow up with a defeat of last year's Coventry Stakes winner Buratino.
Dannyday - Newcastle 15:40
Dannyday returned from eight months off the track with a commanding success at Chelmsford in April and, although that doesn't look the strongest form in the context of this race, it was still a performance that marked him down as a useful prospect for the season ahead. He has often given the impression that the extra two furlongs that he encounters here would be in his favour and, with a 6 lb penalty for his latest success more than fair, Dannyday is fancied to continue his progression by seeing off the attentions of the thriving Sir Chauvelin.
Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Newcastle)
Back Poet's Society in the 13:55
Back Mr Lupton in the 14:30
Back Dannyday in the 15:40