15:30 Newcastle

Saturday 25 June 2022

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    JenningsBet Northumberland Plate Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 2  |   2m 56y  |   Standard / Slow  |   20 Runners  |   Allweather
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:32  |   Winning time: 3m 39.75s
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(10)
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Trueshan80
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-8| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A King| OR:  120| D
3/1
Established himself as the best stayer in Europe last year, winning Goodwood Cup, Cadran at Longchamp and Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Took Nottingham listed race on return but asking an awful lot of him to defy a mark of 120 (only sixth in this last year off 118).
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2
(9)
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Red Verdonb11
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-3| J: B A Curtis| T: E A L Dunlop| OR:  101| D
66/1
Admirable veteran who has more than paid his way over the years, winning 10 times in total and countless good efforts in defeat. Poorly placed at Royal Ascot last time but would still be a surprise winner.
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3
(16)
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Rajinsky50
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-3| J: Harry Davies(5)| T: H Palmer| OR:  101| D
8/1
Genuine and reliable stayer who looked better than ever when winning 2m Ripon handicap on return. Good third in Chester Cup under this rider since and was unlucky not to finish closer when placed in this 12 months ago. Lots to like.
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4
(7)
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Alright Sunshinev11
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-1| J: Billy Garritty| T: K Dalgleish| OR:  99| D
33/1
Not seen to best effect in this last year and good placed efforts in handicaps last 3 starts, fourth of 16 in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (14.2f, good to firm, 40/1) 11 days ago, closing all way to line. Respected.
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5
(14)
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Rainbow Dreamerp71
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-0| J: Kevin Stott| T: A King| OR:  98| DWS
20/1
Nine wins from 32 Flat runs. 1 win from 3 runs this year. Bit below form fifth of 12 in class 2 event at this C&D (10/1) 71 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Needs to get back on track.
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6
(11)
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Island Brave11
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-0| J: Benoit D L Sayette(5)| T: H Main| OR:  98| CD
25/1
Placed in this last year before game display when accounting for Alright Sunshine and others in the Old Borough Cup at Haydock in September. Struggled to make an impact since, though, tenth of 16 in handicap at Royal Ascot (14.2f, good to firm) 11 days ago.
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7
(4)
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Bandinellib11
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-0| J: Tom Marquand| T: C Appleby| OR:  98| BF| D
20/1
Winner of 3 of his 4 starts after being gelded last year and perfect start to this season when landing a 2m handicap at Kempton in March. Subsequent effort at Haydock was too bad to be true, and shaped as if quickly back in form at Royal Ascot since.
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8
(8)
Horse silk
Spirit Mixer14
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-13| J: Callum Hutchinson(5)| T: A M Balding| OR:  97| BF
10/1
Took his form up a notch in recent months, completing a quick-fire staying hat-trick in emphatic fashion over 13.4f at Chester. Not best placed when fourth off revised mark there 2 weeks ago.
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9
(2)
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Themaxwecanb11
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-13| J: Jason Hart| T: M Johnston| OR:  97| D
66/1
Well backed to land small-field Goodwood handicap (2m) in September. Best effort since when creditable tenth of 19 in handicap at Royal Ascot (20f, good to firm) 11 days ago.
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10
(20)
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Tribal Art11
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12| J: J Fanning| T: M Johnston| OR:  96
9/1
Improved over long distances this season, winning on return at Wolverhampton before good efforts in defeat, including when seventh of 19 in handicap at Royal Ascot (20f, good to firm, 40/1) 11 days ago. 2m should prove more suitable but drawn widest.
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11
(5)
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Summer's Knight43
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12| J: L Morris| T: Sir Mark Prescott| OR:  96
10/1
Typical improver for the yard, registering fifth career success at Haydock (14f) in September in impressive fashion. Shaped as if better for the run when fifth of 6 in handicap at Newmarket (14f, good) on return 43 days ago. Makes tapeta debut. Interesting.
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12
(18)
Horse silk
Pirate Kingp167
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-11| J: Cam Hardie| T: C Fellowes| OR:  95
100/1
Good record on the Lingfield polytrack, runner-up again there 2 starts back. Sixth of 9 in handicap (11/1) at Epsom (12f, good) 67 days ago. Significantly up in trip. Cheekpieces on 1st time.
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13
(1)
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Who Dares Winsp70
Age: 10|  Weight: 8-11| J: Saffie Osborne(3)| T: A King| OR:  95| CD
50/1
Smart dual-purpose performer at his best and won this 2 years ago off 6 lb higher. Has aged well so not dismissed back in this sphere.
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14
(12)
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Golden Flame11
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-11| J: Connor Beasley| T: M Johnston| OR:  95
25/1
Largely consistent stayer who ended 2021 with success from the front at Haydock (14f) in September. Better for return when second back at that venue but trip too far when fifteenth of 19 in handicap (25/1) at Royal Ascot (20f, good to firm) 11 days ago.
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(17)
Horse silk
Onesmoothoperator14
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-11| J: Ben Robinson| T: B Ellison| OR:  95| C
10/1
Useful sort with a consistent record on the AW. Stiff task on turf debut last time and this test much more suitable.
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16
(3)
Horse silk
Graphitet24
Age: 8|  Weight: 8-10| J: Ray Dawson| T: T Kent| OR:  94
33/1
Smart miler in France for Andre Fabre in 2019 who produced best effort for current yard when scoring at Ascot last August. Better for return when good third of 8 in handicap at Kempton (12f) 24 days ago. Significantly up in trip. Makes tapeta debut. Not taken lightly.
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17
(15)
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Valley Forge35
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-9| J: David Probert| T: A M Balding| OR:  93| D
7/2
Struck in the big-field Melrose Handicap at York last season. Career best when winning 12-runner handicap at Haydock (16.2f, good, 4/1) 35 days ago by head from Golden Flame. Makes tapeta debut. Remains unexposed as a stayer and shortlisted.
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Sir Chauvelin43
Age: 10|  Weight: 8-8| J: P Hanagan| T: J S Goldie| OR:  92| C| D
33/1
Still useful despite veteran status, having notched 3 wins on the AW this winter. Good record here but may find this too competitive at this stage of his career.
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19
(13)
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Uber Cool225
Age: 8|  Weight: 8-7| J: Robert Tart| T: Jane Chapple-Hyam| OR:  91| D
33/1
Did well last season, including when winning at Chester on return, so no forlorn hope on belated comeback here.
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(6)
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Solent Gatewayp21
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-6| J: A Mullen| T: H Palmer| OR:  90| D
25/1
Encouraging stable debut when going close at Epsom on return. Excuses both starts since but needs to settle better back up in trip.
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Forecasts

Trueshan (3/1), Valley Forge (7/2), Rajinsky (8/1), Tribal Art (9/1), Spirit Mixer (10/1), Summer's Knight (10/1), Onesmoothoperator (10/1), Bandinelli (20/1), Rainbow Dreamer (20/1), Solent Gateway (25/1), Island Brave (25/1), Golden Flame (25/1), Alright Sunshine (33/1), Uber Cool (33/1), Graphite (33/1), Sir Chauvelin (33/1), Who Dares Wins (50/1), Themaxwecan (66/1), Red Verdon (66/1), Pirate King (100/1)

Verdict

Loads to consider but it could be worth chancing SUMMER'S KNIGHT, who was most progressive as a 3-y-o and should prove all the better for his comeback run. The veterans dominated this last year and Graphite could be the pick of the older brigade trying this trip for the first time, while the likeable Rajinsky and the progressive Valley Forge are also high on the shortlist.

Previous Winners

2021
Nicholas T
Weight: 8-10  |Age: 9
33/1

Prize Money

1st: £81,000.002nd: £38,025.003rd: £19,020.004th: £9,510.005th: £2,265.006th: £1,132.00

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