27 June 2024


27th June 2024 – History-maker Hollie Doyle will look to add a second Jenningsbet Northumberland Plate to her CV this Saturday after she was booked to ride the well-fancied Trooper Bisdee for Sir Mark Prescott, who, unlike Doyle, is yet to train the winner of this prestigious staying event.

The nine-time Group 1 winning rider steered Trueshan to victory in this race off top weight in 2022, and although her mount this year is not at that class just yet, he looks to have leading credentials after winning impressively at Pontefract just four days ago.

In his quest to win his first Pitmen’s Derby, Sir Mark Prescott has also declared True Legend who has never gone beyond 1m6f. The 4-year-old was denied by the barest of margins at Goodwood last time.

Local trainer Brian Ellison is another man who is desperate to break his duck in the Jenningsbet Northumberland Plate. The 71-year-old is yet to land the one race every Geordie would love to win at his beloved Gosforth Park.

He has declared course winner Onesmoothoperator and the classy Tashkan who will be making his seasonal reappearance on Saturday.

Ellison said: “Onesmoothoperator loves the track! He loves all weather; he runs well at Newcastle providing it is not riding too deep. He worked on Saturday and is an absolute great form. Tashkan is probably one of the best stayers I have trained. In fact, is the best stayer I have trained.

Michael Bell won this contest courtesy of Juniper Girl in 2007, and sends Duke Of Oxford on the long journey to the North-East from his Newmarket base. The 4-year-old was placed over this course-and-distance in March when narrowly ahead of Spartan Army.

Grand Providence is an interesting sort as he drops down in trip from a respectable run in the Chester Cup. He possesses an unexposed profile on the all-weather.

Yashin is the sole Irish raider in this year’s renewal as he looks to take this prize back across the Irish Sea for the first time in 16 years. The Jessica Harrington-trained runner takes a drop in class after facing unenviable tasks against dual Ascot Gold Cup hero Kyprios the last twice.

Latest Jenningsbet Northumberland Plate odds: Trooper Bisdee 5/1f, Zoffee 6/1, Duke Of Oxford 8/1, Grand Providence 8/1, Onesmoothoperator 8/1, Spartan Army 9/1, Tashkan 12/1, Yashin 12/1, BAR 14/1

The Jenningsbet Newcastle Nun Street Open Now Chipchase Stakes (G3) has attracted a field of 11 runners where Kinross is the star name on show. The dual-Group 1 winner is approaching the latter stage of his racing career but is showing no signs of losing any of his ability.

The eight-race card gets underway at 1:35pm, with the final race of the day due off at 5:25pm. Gates open at 11:00am and the going is currently described as ‘Standard’.

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