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Jun 25 2013

Preparations are well underway for the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate as part of the 3 day festival at Newcastle Racecourse sponsored by Betfred. 45 horses remain entered at the 5 day stage of the ever popular Northumberland Plate race sponsored by John Smith’s. Historically known at the Pitmen’s Derby and first run in 1833 the race takes place on Saturday 29th June as the feature of the Betfred 3 Day Festival at Newcastle Racecourse, with a total prize fund of just over £270,000.

A maximum of 20 horses may run in the feature from the 45 horses left in at this stage. The last two Northumberland Plate winners, Ile de Re and Tominator remain in, as does this year’s Chester Cup winner Address Unknown owned by Marwan Koukash. Amanda Perrett’s Arch Villain is currently 10/1 in the betting and very much an intended runner despite his rating of 90.

Last year’s freak weather caused real problems for the fixture, but this year good weather is predicted for the duration.

David Williamson, Executive Director at Newcastle said “I can honestly say that last year’s storms were unbelievable, nobody had ever seen anything like it! Preparations this time have been much easier, so I’m expecting a lovely three days. The race is as popular as ever, and it’s looking very competitive. Pre-sales on tickets are well up on last year and Madness playing on Friday evening is proving very popular.”

The 3 day Betfred Festival is the highlight of Newcastle’s racing calendar, and it opens with the Seaton Delaval Trophy Raceday followed on Friday evening with the Gosforth Park Cup Night with Madness in concert after racing and of course the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate on Saturday.