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.

 

Perrett's big hope

Nosferatu could give trainer her second Plate win

Lee hits the jackpot

GRAHAM LEE was in top form at Hexham yesterday when he scooped an 291-1 hat-trick.

The Pitmens Derby

The 'House Full' signs will be up at Gosforth Park next Saturday when Europe's richest two mile handicap, the John Smith's Northumberland Plate, will be up for grabs.

Geordieland set to miss Plate

The weights for the John Smith's Northumberland Plate next Saturday are likely to be raised by 8lb with Geordieland, currently heading the entries on 9st 10lb, certain to miss the race after his gallant second to Yeats in the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.

International Flavour At Ascot

Royal Ascot, now a five-day fixture, is the highlight of the Flat racing season and this year it is even more international than ever.

Maze In Smart Finish

Brian smart made Maze his first ever Epsom Derby entry and the 2008 renewal is on the horizon, after the youngster made a winning debut in the opener in front of a big crowd at sunlit Gosforth Park in Newcastle last night.

Our fair share of sporting legends

It used to be said in the North-East that you only had to whistle down a mine shaft and you'd get a team of great footballers.

Sergeant Cecil goes on parade

Sergeant Cecil, who has graduated from top handicapper to Group One winner in the past two seasons, looks set to record his first win of the campaign when he contests the Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup at York.

Sergeant is the man to follow

It is impossible to look beyond the admirable Sergeant Cecil in Friday's Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup on the Knavesmire.

Al Eile comes good with second victory

Al Eile proved to be another horse that reserves his very best for the Grand National meeting as he captured a second Baltika Beer Aintree Hurdle.

Eile Of A Win

Al Eile proved to be yet another horse that reserves his very best for the Grand National meeting as he captured a second Baltika Beer Aintree Hurdle.

Wylie back in winning ways

Graham Wylie and Howard Johnson were back in the hallowed winner's enclosure at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday as Inglis Drever dug deepest of all to reclaim his Ladbrokes World Hurdle title.

Noble Request has the heart

Despite race organisers being dealt a double blow with the defection of Macs Joy and Harchibald because of minor setbacks, the wbx.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle still has plenty to offer for racegoers at Newcastle today.

Archduke is back to form

Archduke Ferdinand swept back to form and landed his first victory since the Northumberland Plate in 2001 when running away with the Lingfield Park For Christmas Parties Handicap at the Surrey venue.

You pick the best

The nominations have been coming in thick and fast for the inaugural Culture Awards 2006, which will be taking place on March 26 next year.

Puzzler Ebtikaar worth a chance

There is mystery and intrigue surrounding today's totesport Cesarewitch if, like me, you're trying to solve the Ebtikaar case which is anything but straightforward.

It's Paris to Pontefract for Frankie

Frankie Dettori received the biggest cheer of the day at Pontefract yesterday as he returned to the winner's enclosure on Woolly Bully following the first division of the Caroni Maiden Stakes.

Profit takes a fall as miners' derby late

The late running of this year's Northumberland Plate Festival has put a dent in Newcastle Racecourse owner Northern Racing's half-year results.

Hot for Rod as Cecil shines

Sergeant Cecil continued his amazing success story with victory in the GNER Doncaster Cup at York.

Reveley tees up long-range strike

There are no pyramids to be seen at Sandown but hopefully an excursion around the Esher venue today will prove successful for northern raider Along The Nile.

That's the one for me

Champion jockey-elect Ryan Moore lifted his first Group One prize yesterday as he led home a Sir Michael Stoute one-two aboard Notnowcato in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, writes Martin Kelly.

Geordie set for Ebor challenge

A maximum field of 20 looks set to go to post for tomorrow's totesport Ebor, with Jamie Osborne's Geordieland heading the field.

Final Festival

York's three-day August Festival is the last of the big summer meetings - a sure sign that autumn is just around the corner.

French horse has right name and a great chance

Don't ask me how he came to get his name but there will be more than a passing interest, certainly in this part of the world, when Geordieland contests the Totesport Ebor at York next week.

Keep an eye on Mosse to make your money

Punters will be more interested in the individual winners of the six races at Ascot today rather than which team lifts the Shergar Cup.

Araafa to spread field

Taking pride of place on Goodwood's card today is the Cantor Spreadfair Sussex Stakes, in which it is difficult to oppose the highly progressive Araafa.

Ladies have their day

It's ladies day at Newcastle, and while it is only second to the Northumberland Plate meeting in popularity, the quality of the sport may not match the standard of the fashions.

John's Plate Day dream comes true

A glorious summer's day saw more than 19,000 Northerners don their finest outfits and head to the spectacular finale of the Northumberland Plate Festival.

Yet Moore joy as Plate stays home

History repeated itself in glorious fashion before a capacity crowd at High Gosforth Park on Saturday.

Nelson seeks reward

John Smith's Northumberland Plate-winning jockey Nelson De Souza hopes his spell in the limelight will reap its rewards when he finally loses his claim.

Fascinating contest away from the rails

Splashes of bright summer colours and extravagant fascinators were top of the running for the best-dressed race-goers at the Northumberland Plate festival.

Winning jockey looking to cash in on his fame

John Smith's Northumberland Plate-winning jockey Nelson de Souza hopes his spell in the limelight will reap its rewards when he finally loses his claim, writes Nick Robson.

On-song pair keep up their run of successes

The in-form combination of trainer David Barron and jockey Paul Fessey were on the mark again when Imperial Echo came fast and late to land the Doug Moscrop Journal "Good Morning" Handicap by a neck from Compton's Eleven at Newcastle on Saturday.

Owner sees dream fulfilled

Local owner John Armstrong realised a lifetime ambition when bargain buy Toldo carried his colours to victory in the £200,000 John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

John's Plate Day dream comes true

A glorious summer's day saw more than 19,000 Northerners don their finest outfits and head to the spectacular finale of the Northumberland Plate Festival.

Armstrong's triumph

Local owner John Armstrong realised a lifetime ambition when bargain buy Toldo carried his colours to victory in the £200,000 John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Dream Win For Toldo

Toldo was a dream come true for Stockton-born owner John Armstrong when landing the £123,320 prize in the John Smith's Northum-berland Plate.

I'm not afraid to ride our luck

The Journal "Good Morning" Handicap has been a lucky race for me in the 20 years it has played a supporting role to the Northumberland Plate.

Greenwich Meantime carries our hopes for home-owned triumph

Time waits for no man and there's no hanging around at Musley Bank stables on the outskirts of Malton.

Wing Collar's good to pay out

It's not for the want of trying, but Peter Easterby never succeeded in winning the Northumberland Plate during his illustrious training career.

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