John Smith's Northumberland Plate (Heritage Handicap) 2m 19y

  • (3yo+, 2m 19y, Class 2, 19 runners)
  • Winner £86,226 2nd £25,956 3rd £12,978 4th £6,468 5th £3,248 6th £1,638 7th £812 8th £392
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 28.96s
  • Off time: 15:54:22
  • Last Updated: June 28 2014, 17:29 BST

Richard Fahey's Angel Gabrial reversed Chester Cup form with Suegioo when landing the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Angel Gabrial winning the Northumberland Plate
Angel Gabrial winning the Northumberland Plate

Dr Marwan Koukash owned the one-two in the Chester marathon and his pair finished first and second again, albeit in a different order as Angel Gabrial trounced his Newcastle rivals by three and a half lengths.

The winner hung right in the closing stages under George Chaloner, but it didn't matter given the length of his lead.

Suegioo held on for second in tight battle for the runners-up spot, with Repeater flying home for third and Noble Silk staying on well from an uncompromising position for fourth.

Chaloner, who won the big handicap last Saturday when Baccarat won the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, said:

"It's been an unbelievable couple of weeks. He's given me a peach of a ride round there. I just tried to let him settle and keep him happy. I couldn't have wished for it to have gone any better. We didn't want to get killed early on, but he's travelled well and picked up lovely."

Fahey said: "I'm absolutely delighted - we're having a fantastic time at the moment. It's one of them races you want to put on your CV and it was never in doubt. He's pretty talented and he does pick up. It looks like he's just bitten his tongue so we'll get him away now."

Fahey has not ruled out a possible tilt at the Melbourne Cup with Angel Gabrial, whose owner has always had grand designs on winning Australia's showcase race.

The trainer said: "Most two-milers like him don't have a turn of foot, but he does. I was delighted when I saw the draw on Thursday and everything went right, it very rarely does. He maybe got to the front a bit soon because he can run around a bit. Any two-miler that can quicken up like him, though, will always win races.

"George has had a good week, but then we all have. Marwan will probably be thinking about Melbourne now. Whether he'd get in, I don't know, but I'd love to have a runner out there, he's that sort of horse."

A trip to Australia is very much on the winning owner's mind. He told Racing UK: "It's a great day. The front two are decent horses and unexposed over this trip.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Angel Gabriel goes on and wins a Group race over a mile and six or two miles. If there's a lot more to come he may even go for a Melbourne Cup. He's not far off the rating needed now."