It's Nortumberland Plate day and the Daily Mail's Sam Turner has all the best CH4 bets.
Mark Johnston has gone on record expressing his disappointment about BURATINO’s
(Best price 4/1) start to the season but there could be solid reasons for believing there is better to come in this event. As a son of Exceed And Excel, the selection is likely to appreciate the Tapeta more than most and he certainly hasn’t been disgraced on either of his starts to date, either in the Guineas – a race which has worked out very well – or behind subsequent Royal Ascot winner Quiet Reflection.
Make no mistake this is a tricky affair with any number of dangers including Godolphin ‘second string’ Pretend who returns from a long absence but has quality all-weather form behind him.
Buratino - 1pt @ 4/1
The July Course has been the beneficiary of a terrific volume of rain this week and BATEEL
(Best price 11/10) proved deep conditions hold no terrors when she was winning at Salisbury and Goodwood last summer. The combination of a first-time hood and soft ground could be the catalyst to David Simcock’s filly putting her head back in front in a contest which throws up more questions than answers.
Bateel - 1pt @ 2/1
SIR ROBERT CHEVAL
(Best price 7/1) could be the latest in a long line of recruits to enjoy significant success switched to Robert Cowell and he is worth backing to register a first success for his shrewd handler. Cowell, who has swiftly gained a reputation as a master trainer of sprinters, wasted no time dropping the five-year-old to six furlongs for his yard debut at Newmarket and he was nearly rewarded with victory.
The classy Yattwee just too strong in the closing stages and he has since gone on to run well in a hot Ascot handicap so the form looks worth following. The presence of Jamie Spencer in the saddle could be another bonus as Newcastle looks a track where a patient ride can often bear fruit.
Sir Robert Cheval - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1
Two horses have emerged from the York maiden won in style by MARIE OF LYON
(Best price 7/2) and, with both winning, it seems safe to assume that Knavesmire contest could be one to follow from a form perspective.
Richard Fahey’s filly was green early on before getting to grips with what was required to register an ultimately decisive victory and she looks the type keep on progressing.
It is open to question which of these fillies will cope with proper soft ground but there was given in the ground at York when the selection prevailed so she tentatively gains the nod where confidence is as scarce as a Boris Johnson fan.
Marie Of Lyon - 1pt @ 3/1
The manner in which DANNYDAY
(Best price 9/2) dispensed with his rivals at Chelmsford on his reappearance suggested a 6lb rise wasn’t excessive and he could prove the answer to this tricky puzzle. The selection’s stamina at 2m has to be taken on trust, but he could simply prove to be a class apart from his rivals and he saw out 14 furlongs well enough when bolting up at Haydock last summer.
(Best price 16/1) is another drawn wider than ideal but he bucked a trend of winning from way back at Goodwood last time and looks a danger. Chris Gordon’s charge boasts plenty of all-weather experience which is no surprise given his sire, Dark Angel, trades at a very healthy 15 per cent strike rate on a synthetic surface.
Dannyday - 0.5pt e/w @ 5/1
Albahar - 0.5pt e/w @ 5/1
The prospect of truly testing ground would increase confidence in BRETON ROCK
(Best price 4/1) who boasts form figures on soft ground of 1312133.
The selection has also run perfectly respectably twice this year on quicker ground than ideal and should be involved again with his stable among the winners in the past fortnight.
Birchwood, an impressive winner at this venue last July in Group 2 company, looks a chief threat along with So Beloved even if his yard have gone a little quiet of late.
Breton Rock - 1pt e/w @ 4/1
I’ve long held the belief that Simon Crisford would target all-weather monster GANG WARFARE
(Best price 12/1) at the Northumberland Plate and the five-year-old must be supported this afternoon, even under top weight.
The Chester Cup didn’t play to the strengths of the synthetic surface supremo and he should be more at home on Tapeta in today’s feature.
Of course, he could have been drawn a little better as stall 19 is awkward to say the least, but he has the class to overcome that negative and it will be disappointing if he isn’t on the scene.
Richard Fahey landed this event with Angel Gabrial two years ago and GABRIAL THE HERO
(Best price 16/1) is also worth supporting given he too boasts a magnificent record on the all-weather. The seven-year-old’s figures on sand read 224211 and, as a strong stayer with some 12f speed, he looks likely to be in the shake-up.
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Gabrial The Hero - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1
Gang Warfare - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1