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.


A twinkle on the track

AstrologerLara Wells, pictured, who begins a new column in The Journal on Monday, has consulted the stars to come up with the winner of today's Northumberland Plate.

Fashion plate's a winner

A riot of colour and style descended on Newcastle Racecourse last night for Ladies Day at the Northumberland Plate race meeting.

Tip on the Plate

A racecourse manager has reassured fans they will be able to watch World Cup matches.

Glittering celebration

Knowledge i.t will be celebrating its silver anniversary with clients in style at Newcastle Racecourse on June 29.

Trainers, triumphs and fond farewells

Doug Moscrop, who retired last week after more than four decades as The Journal's racing editor, concludes his racing memoirs.

Clouding Over to have day

While Clouding Over has only a novices' handicap hurdle at Catterick to her credit so far, it will be surprising if she doesn't add to her tally over fences this winter.

Cross is solution to a November puzzle

Crosspeace can gain a much-deserved success at Doncaster tomorrow in the totesport November Stakes, the last major race of the 2005 Flat turf season.

Royal Dignitary is in the ascendancy

Whether or not Royal Dignitary takes high rank among the season's handicappers remains to be seen, but he is in the right hands and can get back on track with victory in the TSG Seaton Delaval Trophy on the opening day of the Northumberland Plate Festival.

Plate Day week competition

Hats have always sold well at Fenwick, says Iwona Oleksik, fashion and hat buyer for the Newcastle store's French Salon.

Popular designs 'walking out'

Hats by Pip Hackett and Peter Bettley are "walking out" of the door at Debenhams in Gateshead.

Virgin champ

Howard Johnson, Andrea and Graham Wylie and Graham Lee took the first four day Cheltenham festival meeting by storm, collecting a championship event on each of the first three days.

Time to come home

BrianEllison is heading home to Tyneside to try to win the race that matters most to Geordies - the John Smith's Northumberland Plate.

Numitas looks a Cup cracker

The dust has barely settled on last weekend's Guineas meeting, but there is no time to take a break as the Classic conundrum continues tomorrow with the start of Chester's May meeting.


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