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The historic race previously known as the "Pitmen's Derby", formed the centrepiece of the holiday period known locally as "Race Week" for local mine workers. Today's Plate Day attracts a diverse crowd of racegoers and many ladies treat it as the North-East's version of Royal Ascot, but with a more relaxed and informal atmosphere.
The first day of this exclusive festival, which features the competitive and valuable Class 2 race - the Seaton Delaval Handicap Stakes. The race is named after both the local village in Northumberland and a horse by the same name, who was victorious in the 1893 Northumberland Plate.
The Northumberland Plate Festival continues on day two with the Gosforth Park Cup Night. Which features a host of competitive races, including the blistering quick Gosforth Park Cup and the Group 3 Hopping Stakes. This race for top class fillies celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2019.
The Northumberland Plate Festival concludes with the Northumberland Plate Day, the most famous race meeting of the year at Newcastle. The two mile heritage handicap is worth £150,000, making it the richest two mile handicap in Europe. The racing card also includes the Chipchase Stakes, a Group 3, six furlong sprint.