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Blue Plate call

Ground a concern but stayer likely to start

Last Updated: 27/06/12 2:14pm

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Blue Bajan: An intended runner in the Northumberland Plate

Blue Bajan: An intended runner in the Northumberland Plate

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Popular stayer Blue Bajan looks set to have a tilt at the John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.

A winner in Group Two company as recently as May last year, when he claimed the Henry II Stakes at Sandown, the David O'Meara-trained 10-year-old has only once run outside of Pattern company since, when fourth in a Listed race at Nottingham in April.

His most recent start was when down the field in this year's renewal of the Henry II.

O'Meara said: "The intention is go for the Plate. I would prefer better ground, but he'll probably run anyway.

"He seems fine and this will be his first time back in a handicap since the Chester Cup last year."

Blue Bajan is a general 25-1 chance for the 'Pitmen's Derby'.

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