Northumberland Plate

The Northumberland Plate is a flat handicap horse race run at Newcastle over a distance of 2 miles and 19 yards (3,236 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July. The event was established in 1833, and the inaugural running was won by Tomboy. The Northumberland Plate is one of the richest two-mile handicaps in the world and has been sponsored by John Smith's since 2003.


Northumberland Plate Day 2014 at Newcastle Racecourse. Guests in the ncjMedia marquee

Business leaders from the North East join ncjMedia for day at the races

We played host to many of the North East's business community for Plate Day celebration

First Day of the Northumberland Plate Race Meeting - winner of the first race Aktabantay

Northumberland Plate Festival 2014: Style is the order of the evening

Fancy outifts and champagne were both aplenty at the second day of the Northumberland Plate Festival 2014

Jules B owner, Julian Blades, measures up Newcastle Racecourse executive director, David Williamson, ahead of the Northumberland Plate

Suit sales soar at North East fashion retailer ahead of Northumberland Plate Festival

Jules B, in Jesmond, is supporting the Northumberland Plate Festival, after seeing sales of men's tailored suits rise in advance of the event

Win tickets for Northumberland Plate Day at Newcastle Racecourse

Competition now closed: WIN tickets for the John Smith's Northumberland Plate Day

Competition now closed: The Journal  has teamed up with Britain's favourite ale John Smith's to celebrate the running of the 2014 John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday June, 28

Northumberland Plate Day at Newcastle Racecourse

Hospitality revenue grows at Newcastle Racecourse

Newcastle Racecourse is predicting a strong performance for its summer racing highlight, the Northumberland Plate Festival

Northumberland Plate Day at Newcastle Racecourse

Northumberland Plate Day proves huge success once again

Saturday’s Northumberland Plate Day proved to be a huge success as around 20,000 racegoers from across the region turned out in style

Everyone in high spirits on day two of the Northumberland Plate Festival

The bubbly was flowing for the second day of the popular Northumberland Plate Festival yesterday

Doug Moscrop: A watering can dampen spirits

I wish the BHA would have a rethink about their policy of watering tracks during the summer, especially when it’s a three-day festival

High Gosforth Park as preparations take shape for the prestigious three-day event,

Heat is on as we build up to BetFred Northumberland Plate Festival

There's a week to go until our pinnacle flat-season fixture, the BetFred Northumberland Plate Festival, and there’s a buzz around High Gosforth Park as preparations take shape for the prestigious three-day event, which begins on Thursday

Haggas hope is primed for Plate

IT’S three weeks to the Northumberland Plate, and Sun Central can advertise his claims for the big Tyneside prize by landing the BetVictor Royal Ascot No Lose Hughes Stakes at Haydock.

Fashion takes a front seat on Plate Day

THE threat of rain was not enough to wither the infinite variety of fashions on offer at this year’s Northumberland Plate Day.

It’s an experience not to be missed

NEWCASTLE Racecourse has long been one of racing’s premier sporting venues and over recent years, its facilities have been improved to ensure an even greater racing experience.

Turnbull revives Elwick lineage

THE MacOrville pub in Elwick, a village near Hartlepool, is named after a famous stallion who toured around the North-East for 20 years on a weekly basis throughout the summer carrying out his stud duties.

Legends event to be huge

THE inaugural North-East Soccer Legends Tournament takes place in Durham this weekend with organiser Austin Carney hopeful of turning it into “the Northumberland Plate of football”.

Teaser: Michael Owen

Owen’s fired up

MICHAEL Owen will return to pre-season training with Newcastle United this morning determined to prove his commitment to Sam Allardyce’s side.

Party goes on and on

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It's been an exciting week for Welsh diva Dame Shirley. A triumphant set at Glastonbury last weekend saw her delighting the mud-soaked crowds with renditions of Hey Big Spender and The Lady Is A Tramp.

Today's Diary

10.30am: Third Session of the Scottish Parliament to be opened by The Queen.

Hopes high Plate will avoid worst of rain

The North-East is expected to escape the worst of severe weather which is predicted to hit areas of Britain already badly affected by flooding.

Pitmen's Derby gets under starter's orders

Organisers at the launch of today's Northumberland Plate Festival have vowed that the gloomy weather engulfing the North-East will not dampen their spirits.

Brett has a weighty mission

Brett Doyle will keep the ride aboard top weight SenSmith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.


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