Low level shot of horses crossing the finish line at Newcastle Racecourse
Low level shot of horses crossing the finish line at Newcastle Racecourse
The Most Famous Race Meeting At Newcastle

As part of the three day horse racing festival.

Northumberland Plate Festival

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.
Crowds watching racing at Newcastle Racecourse.

Day 1

Where it all begins!

The exclusive Northumberland Plate Festival is kickstarted with 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 first day of the prestigious meeting presents both high-action racing and a lively atmosphere as the festival gears up!

An ITV presenter commenting on a race at Newcastle Racecourse

Day 2

The Northumberland Plate Festival continues on day two with Gosforth Park Cup Night!

The night features a host of competitive races, including the blisteringly quick Gosforth Park Cup and the Group 3 Hopping Stakes. This race for top class fillies celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2019.

💿The party doesn't stop when the racing does as live music acts grace our paddock! 2022's headliner is JUDGE JULES, so make sure you stick around to enjoy some of Britain's best dance music 💿

Withhold

Plate Day

The Northumberland Plate Festival concludes with 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.

📻 In 2022, the final day concludes with a show-stopping performance from Pete Tong to end the festival with a bang!  📻

William Hill Northumberland Plate Roll Of Honour
Year
Horse
Jockey
Trainer
2020
Caravan Of Hope
Harry Bentley
Hugo Palmer
2019
Who Dares Wins
Tom Marquand
Alan King
2018
Withhold
Robert Winston
Roger Charlton
2017
Higher Power
Tom Queally
James Fanshawe
2016
Antiquarium
James McDonald
Charlie Appleby
--
Turf before 2016
--
--
2015
Quest For More
George Baker
Roger Charlton
2014
Angel Gabrial
George Chaloner
Richard Fahey
2013
Tominator
Graham Lee
Jonjo O'Neill
2012
Ile de Re
Jim Crowley
Donald McCain
2011
Tominator
Paul Pickard
Reg Hollinshead
2010
Overturn
Eddie Ahern
Donald McCain
2009
Som Tala
Tony Culhane
Mick Channon
2008
Arc Bleu
Adrian Nicholls
Tony Martin
2007
Juniper Girl
Luke Morris
Michael Bell
2006
Toldo
Nelson de Souza
George M. Moore
2005
Sergeant Cecil
Alan Munro
Rod Millman
2004
Mirjan
Paul Hanagan
Len Lungo
2003
Unleash
Jamie Spencer
Philip Hobbs
2002
Bangalore
Seb Sanders
Amanda Perrett
2001
Archduke Ferdinand
Francis Norton
Paul Cole
2000
Bay of Islands
Kevin Darley
David Morris
Festival Opener

Feel the excitement as the famous festival begins on Thursday 23 June.

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Day 2 ft. Judge Jules

Day two of the festival is a Friday night filled with live music after racing.

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Plate Day ft. Pete Tong

It's the big one. Get ready for thrilling racing plus live music from DJ Pete Tong

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