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  • 15:05 John Smith's Northumberland Plate 2m 19y

  • (Heritage Handicap) £150,000 added 3yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £92,475 2nd £27,840 3rd £13,920 4th £6,945
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 29.48s
  • Off time: 15:05:58

Tominator Plate king

Huge win for skysports.com tipster

Last Updated: 25/06/11 3:53pm

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Tominator: Clear-cut winner of the Northumberland Plate

Tominator: Clear-cut winner of the Northumberland Plate

Ben Linfoot's 50-1 value bet selection Tominator (SP 25-1) won the John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Last year's winner Overturn made a bold bid to make all the running under Henry Brooke but two out the pack began to chase him down.

A few rivals flattered to deceive but the Reg Hollinshead-trained winner was travelling noticeably well under Paul Pickard.

He picked up well to settle the race in a matter of strides and won by a length and three quarters.

Montaff (18-1) ran a cracker in second with Deauville Flyer (8-1) and Petara Bay (40-1) filling the minor placings.

Pickard, who is based with Brian Ellison in Malton, said: "It's a big moment, my biggest career success.

"For Mr Hollinshead to give me the chance to ride in a race like this is brilliant. He said to ride him to get the trip, to try and come through horses but not to get there too soon.

"He was always travelling nicely for me."

Ellison tribute

Pickard was also quick to pay tribute to Ellison, adding: "I joined Brian eight weeks ago and the rides he has given me have been brilliant, that's about my 12th winner in the last two months."

Andrew Hollinshead, son and assistant to 87-year-old Reg, said: "The reason we first bought him was because he had a staying pedigree and he's shown he has plenty of stamina today.

"I wouldn't say he was backward as he actually won a nursery at Catterick over seven furlongs as a two-year-old.

"We lost our way at three as he ran at Haydock as Darryll Holland told us he didn't stay a mile and a half. That threw us off track for a while.

"We took him to France last winter and he was unlucky not to win out there. I have to give a mention to Tony Culhane, who was unable to ride today.

"He said all the horse wanted was holding up off a good pace and he was right.

"I'm not sure where we'll go now as he's going to go up handicap-wise. I'm not sure there will be many handicaps left for him.

"I would think he'll go jumping at some stage."

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