Newcastle Racecourse is looking forward to three exciting days of racing at the 2016 Betfred Northumberland Plate Festival which will be held at Gosforth Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
73 horses remain at the 5 day entry stage for the £150,000 John Smith’s Northumberland Plate. For the first time there will be a reserve race for horses that do not make the cut in the Plate. The winner of the £75,000 Betfred Northumberland Vase will also be the first recipient of a new trophy, especially commissioned by Newcastle Racecourse.
There are a number of notable entries for this year’s feature race. The current market leader Dannyday, trained by Sir Michael Stoute needs a handful of horses to come out before he’ll get a run in the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate, but would still have the Betfred Northumberland Vase to compete for. There are some notably strong entries from Ireland, including the Gordon Elliot trained Eshtiaal and Cayirli from Seamus Durack’s yard. The Nicky Henderson trained No Heretic, winner of the Chester Cup and Nakeeta, second in the same race, look strong candidates for this year’s renewal. The Iain Jardine trained Nakeeta is familiar with the new tapeta surface after galloping here in May. In addition, the Brian Ellison trained Seamour, who started favourite last year and finished sixth, is another strong contender, as well as Gang Warfare, who is set to carry top weight, and has won his last four races on all-weather surfaces.
This year’s entries across the three days stand at 608:
Northumberland Plate Festival Entries (Going)2011 (Good to Soft)2012 (Heavy)2013 (Heavy)2014 (Good to Soft/Good)2015 (Good to Firm/Good)2016 (Standard)Thursday170Abandoned169152163171Friday 129Abandoned158159143166Saturday 228232212152198271Total 527N/A539463504608
Executive Director of Newcastle Racecourse, David Williamson, said: “This year marks a new era for Gosforth Park and we are looking forward to the biggest and best ever Northumberland Plate Festival. We look forward to welcoming all racegoers. For anyone wishing to watch the football at 5pm on Saturday, which might well be an England game, we will have a dedicated ‘Fan Zone’ with uninterrupted coverage of the match, as well as the chance to take your own penalty!”
Clerk of the Course, James Armstrong, said: “We are delighted with the quantity and quality of the entries across the three days of this year’s Betfred Northumberland Plate Festival. The new tapeta racing surface has attracted horses from all over the country and we are looking forward to competitive and compelling racing. With horses coming from so many different yards we are expecting a high number of stable staff to require accommodation on Friday night. Booking is essential and I would ask those who wish to stay to contact me as soon as they can on 07801 166820.”
Anyone wishing to contact Newcastle Racecourse to request further details or make a booking should call 0191 236 2020 or visit www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk.