Northumberland Plate

The Northumberland Plate is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Newcastle over a distance of 2 miles and 56 yards (3,270 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.

Northumberland Plate
Handicap race
LocationNewcastle Racecourse
Newcastle, England
Inaugurated1833
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorBetfair
WebsiteNewcastle
Race information
Distance2m 56y (3,270 metres)
SurfaceTapeta
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
WeightHandicap
Purse£150,000 (2019)
1st: £92,385
Northumberland Plate
2019
White, red seams, red and white quartered cap Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Red, white star, white sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap
Who Dares Wins Dubawi Fifty Proschema

HistoryEdit

The event was established in 1833, and the inaugural running was won by Tomboy. It was initially held at Town Moor, and it was part of a meeting first staged at Killingworth in 1623. It was transferred to its present venue at Gosforth Park in 1882.[1]

The Northumberland Plate originally took place on a Wednesday, and for many years the meeting was a holiday for local mine workers. The race became popularly known as the "Pitmen's Derby". The meeting ceased to be a holiday in 1949, and the race was switched to a Saturday in 1952.[2]

The Northumberland Plate is now one of the richest two-mile handicaps in the world. It was sponsored by John Smith's from 2003 to 2016, by Stobart Rail Limited in 2017 and 2018 and by Betfair since 2019.

Since 2016, it has been run on an artificial all-weather surface, Tapeta, having previously been run on turf.

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Underhand – 1857, 1858, 1859

Leading jockey since 1985 (2 wins):

Leading trainer since 1985 (3 wins):

  • Paul ColeWindsor Castle (1997), Cyrian (1998), Archduke Ferdinand (2001)

Winners since 1985Edit

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
0000 0001Turf before 2016
1985 Trade Line 4 7-10 Tyrone Williams Ron Sheather 1008.5 17/2
1986 Sneak Preview 6 8-12 Simon Whitworth Henry Candy 1004 4/1 F
1987 Treasure Hunter 8 7-07 Lindsay Charnock Jimmy FitzGerald 1020 20/1 3:32.69
1988 Stavordale 5 9-02 Michael Roberts Harry Thomson Jones 1002.25 9/4 F 3:25.36
1989 Orpheus 3 7-07 Richard Fox Guy Harwood 1004 4/1 JF 3:29.68
1990 Al Maheb 4 8-11 Willie Carson Alec Stewart 1004.5 9/2 3:28.96
1991 Tamarpour 4 7-07 Ernie Johnson Martin Pipe 1010 10/1 3:26.00
1992 Witness Box 5 9-09 George Duffield John Gosden 1006 6/1 3:25.48
1993 Highflying 7 7-11 Joe Fanning George M. Moore 1007 7/1 3:25.10
1994 Quick Ransom 6 8-08 Jason Weaver Mark Johnston 1025 25/1 3:24.86
1995 Bold Gait 4 9-10 David Harrison James Fanshawe 1012 12/1 3:27.36
1996 Celeric 4 9-04 Willie Carson David Morley 1002 2/1 F 3:27.33
1997 Windsor Castle 3 8-10 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1010 10/1 3:45.35
1998 Cyrian 4 7-13 Tim Sprake Paul Cole 1012 12/1 3:47.19
1999 Far Cry 4 8-10 Kevin Darley Martin Pipe 1004.5 9/2 JF 3:24.32
2000 Bay of Islands 8 8-04 Kevin Darley David Morris 1007 7/1 3:26.09
2001 Archduke Ferdinand 3 8-04 Francis Norton Paul Cole 1012 12/1 3:26.70
2002 Bangalore 6 9-05 Seb Sanders Amanda Perrett 1008 8/1 3:29.10
2003 Unleash 4 8-11 Jamie Spencer Philip Hobbs 1010 10/1 3:31.13
2004 Mirjan 8 8-03 Paul Hanagan Len Lungo 1033 33/1 3:37.54
2005 Sergeant Cecil 6 8-08 Alan Munro Rod Millman 1014 14/1 3:29.37
2006 Toldo 4 8-02 Nelson de Souza George M. Moore 1033 33/1 3:27.48
2007 Juniper Girl 4 8-11 Luke Morris Michael Bell 1005 5/1 F 3:46.01
2008 Arc Bleu 7 8-02 Adrian Nicholls Tony Martin 1014 14/1 3:37.71
2009 Som Tala 6 8-08 Tony Culhane Mick Channon 1016 16/1 3:45.10
2010 Overturn 6 8-07 Eddie Ahern Donald McCain 1014 14/1 3:28.05
2011 Tominator 4 8-05 Paul Pickard Reg Hollinshead 1025 25/1 3:29.48
2012 Ile de Re 6 9-03 Jim Crowley Donald McCain 1002.5 5/2 F 3:53.94
2013 Tominator 6 9-10 Graham Lee Jonjo O'Neill 1008 8/1 3:34.11
2014 Angel Gabrial 5 8-12 George Chaloner Richard Fahey 1004 4/1 F 3:28.96
2015 Quest For More 5 9-04 George Baker Roger Charlton 1007.5 15/2 3:26.53
2016 Antiquarium 4 9-05 James McDonald Charlie Appleby 1016 16/1 3:30.91
2017 Higher Power 5 9-09 Tom Queally James Fanshawe 1005.5 11/2 3:35.37
2018 Withhold 5 9-01 Robert Winston Roger Charlton 1005 5/1 F 3:33.56
2019 Who Dares Wins 7 9-01 Tom Marquand Alan King 1012 12/1 3:33.14

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1833: Tomboy
  • 1834: Fanny
  • 1835: Satan
  • 1836: Cyprian
  • 1837: Wedge
  • 1838: St Bennet
  • 1839: St Bennet
  • 1840: Hetman Platoff
  • 1841: Calypso
  • 1842: Heslington
  • 1843: Moss Trooper
  • 1844: The Era
  • 1845: Inheritress
  • 1846: Dolo
  • 1847: Eryx
  • 1848: Chanticleer
  • 1849: John Cosser
  • 1850: Elthiron
  • 1851: Neasham
  • 1852: Stilton
  • 1853: Kingston
  • 1854: Grapeshot
  • 1855: Whitelock
  • 1856: Zeta
  • 1857: Underhand
  • 1858: Underhand
  • 1859: Underhand
  • 1860: First Lord
  • 1861: Joey Jones
  • 1862: Montebello
  • 1863: Caller Ou
  • 1864: Caller Ou
  • 1865: Brown Bread
  • 1866: Rococo
  • 1867: Fervacques
  • 1868: Fortunio
  • 1869: The Spy
  • 1870: Kennington
  • 1871: Taraban
  • 1872: Spennithorne
  • 1873: Falkland
  • 1874: Lily Agnes
  • 1875: Harriet Laws
  • 1876: The Snail
  • 1877: Hampton
  • 1878: Glastonbury
  • 1879: Clearhead
  • 1880: Mycenae
  • 1881: Bonnie Doon
  • 1882: Victor Emanuel
  • 1883: Barcaldine
  • 1884: Lawminster
  • 1885: Blue Grass
  • 1886: Stone Clink
  • 1887: Exmoor
  • 1888: Matin Bell
  • 1889: Drizzle
  • 1890: Houndsditch
  • 1891: Queen's Birthday
  • 1892: Newcourt
  • 1893: Seaton Delaval
  • 1894: Newcourt
  • 1895: The Docker
  • 1896: Dare Devil
  • 1897: Bradwardine
  • 1898: King Crow
  • 1899: Sherburn
  • 1900: Joe Chamberlain
  • 1901: Reminiscence
  • 1902: Osbech
  • 1903: Cliftonhall
  • 1904: Palmy Days
  • 1905: Princess Florizel
  • 1906: Outbreak
  • 1907: Killigrew
  • 1908: Old China
  • 1909: Sir Harry
  • 1910: Elizabetta
  • 1911: Pillo
  • 1912: Mynora
  • 1913: The Tylt
  • 1914: The Guller
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Trestle
  • 1920: Irish Lake
  • 1921: Hunt Law
  • 1922: Double Hackle
  • 1923: Carpathus
  • 1924: Jazz Band
  • 1925: Obliterate
  • 1926: Foxlaw
  • 1927: Border Minstrel
  • 1928: Primrose League
  • 1929: Ballynahinch
  • 1930: Show Girl
  • 1931: Blue Vision
  • 1932: Pommarel
  • 1933: Leonard
  • 1934: White Plains
  • 1935: Doreen Jane
  • 1936: Coup de Roi
  • 1937: Nectar
  • 1938: Union Jack
  • 1939: Oracion
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: Gusty *
  • 1947: Culrain
  • 1948: Pappatea
  • 1949: Fol Ami
  • 1950: Light Cavalry
  • 1951: Sycomore II
  • 1952: Souepi
  • 1953: Nick La Rocca
  • 1954: Friseur
  • 1955: Little Cloud
  • 1956: Jardiniere
  • 1957: Great Rock
  • 1958: Master of Arts
  • 1959: Cannebiere
  • 1960: New Brig
  • 1961: Utrillo
  • 1962: Bordone
  • 1963: Horse Radish
  • 1964: Peter Piper
  • 1965: Cagirama
  • 1966: Sweet Story
  • 1967: Piaco
  • 1968: Amateur
  • 1969: Even Say
  • 1970: Philoctetes
  • 1971: Tartar Prince
  • 1972: Scoria
  • 1973: Tom Cribb
  • 1974: Attivo
  • 1975: Grey God
  • 1976: Philominsky
  • 1977: Tug of War
  • 1978: Tug of War
  • 1979: Totowah
  • 1980: Mon's Beau
  • 1981: Dawn Johnny
  • 1982: no race
  • 1983: Weavers Pin
  • 1984: Karadar

* The 1946 running took place at Aintree.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northumberland Plate Festival at Newcastle Racecourse". BBC. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ Kelly, Michael (20 June 2011). "A racing certainty". The Journal. Retrieved 7 August 2011.