Today's racecards

Newcastle

  • 15:20 John Smith's Northumberland Plate 2m 19y

  • Winner £86,226 2nd £25,956 3rd £12,978 4th £6,468
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (5) 37/441-0 Dark blue, white epaulets and armlets Petara Bay (IRE) 7
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8 9-10 R Mills T Eaves 108 1001
2 (17) 1-21334 DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Gulf of Naples (IRE) 9
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4 9-9 M Johnston S De Sousa 107 1001
3 (9) 1407U-1 Grey, black epaulets, armlets and cap Ile De Re (FR) 52
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6 9-3 D McCain Jnr Jim Crowley 101 1001
5 (8) 277762- Light Blue, Pink sleeves, Mauve stars, Pink cap, Mauve star Icon Dream (IRE) 336
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5 9-0 J S Goldie G Lee 98 1001
6 (6) 0197-31 DARK BLUE, YELLOW stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Crackentorp 14 (ex5)
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7 9-0 T D Easterby D Allan 93 1001
7 (3) 40098-3 WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap The Betchworth Kid 15
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7 8-13 A King J P Spencer (3) 97 1001
8 (1) 125014- White, Black sleeves, White stars, Black cap, White star Motivado 280
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4 8-12 Sir Mark Prescott L Morris 96 1001
10 (4) 9803-99 Dark Blue and Mauve diamonds, Dark Blue sleeves and cap Merchant of Dubai 15
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7 8-9 J S Goldie P Pickard (3) 93 1001
12 (12) 808389 Royal blue, yellow epaulets, royal blue and white striped sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star Montaff 28
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6 8-7 M R Channon S Hitchcott 91 1001
14 (2) 2621-21 White, Red stripe, armlets and cap Figaro 36
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4 8-6 W J Haggas Kelly Harrison 90 1001
15 (13) 8084-23 White, Black star, White sleeves, Black seams, Black cap, White star High Office 21
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6 8-6 R A Fahey B McHugh 90 1001
16 (16) 110-329 Red, white epaulets, checked sleeves and cap Lexington Bay (IRE) 14
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4 8-4 R A Fahey P Mathers 88 1001
17 (7) 1342-33 Emerald Green, Black chevrons on sleeves Palazzo Bianco 28
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4 8-2 J H M Gosden N Mackay 86 1001
18 (10) 324502 Dark Green, Yellow star, Yellow sleeves, Dark Green armlets, Dark Green cap Halla San 4
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10 7-12 R A Fahey James P Sullivan 82 1001
19 (14) 11163-2 Dark Blue, Yellow halved sleeves, quartered cap French Hollow 6
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7 7-12 T J Fitzgerald Neil Farley (5) 80 1001
20 (19) 80370-0 Black, Light Blue armlets Trovare (USA) 3
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5 7-12 Mrs A J Perrett D E Egan (5) 80 1001
Non runners
4 (11)76-4569Blue Bajan (IRE)109-2D O'MearaD Tudhope100
9 (20)2229-06Kiama Bay (IRE)68-11J J QuinnJ P Spencer95
11 (18)3/1560-9Lyric Street (IRE)48-9E A L DunlopP Mulrennan93
13 (15)1220-P6Kazbow (IRE)68-6C GrantNon Runner90

Verdict

Shocks are not uncommon in the Pitmen's Derby and eight of the last 10 renewals have seen winners returned at double-digit starting prices. Tominator was a 25/1 chance last year and his jockey, Paul Pickard, will be hoping to cause an upset again this year on board MERCHANT OF DUBAI. Jim Goldie's charge was a long way behind the much-improved Ile De Re in the Chester Gold Cup on his reappearance but ran a lot better over 1m6f at York earlier this month, despite only beating three home. He has something to find to reverse that form with The Betchworth Kid but, in contrast to many of rivals, a slog through the mud is very much up his street and he should be prominent from the outset from stall four. Goodwood winner Figaro is one who might struggle to get home while Gulf Of Naples had a hard race in the Ascot Gold Cup and is no certainty to confirm Ripon running in April with both Halla San and Montaff. High Office has been running well over shorter trips and has place claims again, however, as he's weighted to reverse Ayr running last year with stablemate Lexington Bay while Palazzo Blanco is very consistent and probably still on a decent mark. Crackentorp has a penalty for a second win in the Queen Mother's Cup at York and could struggle to get involved here while Motivado has both his stamina and ability to handle the ground to prove on his return.