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
SponsorWilliam Hill
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
2023
Purple, white sleeves, purple stars, purple cap, white star Royal blue, white striped sleeves, check cap DARK BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap
Calling The Wind Golden Rules Aztec Empire
Previous years
2022
Yellow, royal blue cross belts, royal blue and yellow chevrons on sleeves, royal blue cap Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap Black, light green and black chevrons on sleeves, light green cap
Trueshan Spirit Mixer Solent Gateway
2021
Dark blue, red stripe, halved sleeves, red cap Royal blue, light green epaulets Orange, pink epaulets
Nicholas T Hochfeld Rajinsky
2020-2011
2020
Maroon and royal blue (quartered), maroon sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap, maroon star Red, purple stars on sleeves, red cap, purple star Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
Caravan Of Hope Australis Collide
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
2018
Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Royal blue, red stripe, striped sleeves and cap Black and pink diabolo, black sleeves, pink cap, black star
Withhold Prince Of Arran Sir Chauvelin
2017
Beige and light blue stripes, light blue cap Royal blue, white cap Light blue, orange epaulets
Higher Power Natural Scenery Flymetothestars
2016
Royal blue Light green, dark green chevrons, red sleeves, white and red striped cap Black, green hoop and armlets, green cap, black spots
Antiquarium Seamour Nearly Caught
2015
Yellow, black sash, white sleeves, black and white quartered cap Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap Black, green hoop and armlets, green cap, black spots
Quest For More Max Dynamite Nearly Caught
2014
Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars, blue cap Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Red, white sash, royal blue cap
Angel Gabrial Suegioo Repeater
2013
Dark blue, pink cross of lorraine and cap Royal blue, white spots, white sleeves, royal blue armlets and spots on white cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Tominator Oriental Fox Mubaraza
2012
Grey, black epaulets, armlets and cap Dark blue, yellow stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Light blue, pink sleeves, mauve stars, pink cap, mauve star
Ile De Re Crackentorp Icon Dream
2011
White, dark blue chevrons, armlets and cap Royal blue, yellow epaulets, royal blue and white striped sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star Yellow, purple hoops and armlets, hooped cap
Tominator Montaff Deauville Flyer
2010-2001
2010
Yellow, royal blue seams, grey sleeves, royal blue seams, royal blue cap Dark blue and red (quartered), red sleeves and cap Light blue, royal blue seams, light blue sleeves and cap
Overturn Drunken Sailor Desert Sea
2009
Yellow, black epaulets Pink, white star, white sleeves, pink stars, white cap, emerald green star Royal blue
Som Tala Wells Lyrical Friston Forest
2008
White, Yellow chevron, Emerald Green cap White, purple cross of lorraine, emerald green sleeves, purple armlets, emerald green and white hooped cap Red, Black sash, halved sleeves, Black cap
Arc Bleu Halla San Bogside Theatre
2007
Pink, black chevron, quartered cap Dark blue and pink diabolo, chevrons on sleeves, pink cap, dark blue diamond Dark Green and Orange check, White sleeves and cap
Juniper Girl Macorville Tilt
2006
Orange, Light Blue epaulets Light blue and red diamonds, light blue sleeves, red cap, light blue diamond Light Blue, Royal Blue braces, Royal Blue cap
Toldo River Alhaarth Greenwich Meantime
2005
Black, large Yellow spots and sleeves, Yellow cap, Black spots Black, light blue armlets White, Light Blue spots, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White spots
Sergeant Cecil Tungsten Strike Far Pavilions
2004
Black and White stripes, Black sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Yellow, royal blue cross of lorraine, armlets and cap Yellow, black sash, white sleeves, black and white quartered cap
Mirjan Swing Wing Anak Pekan
2003
Red, white sash, royal blue cap Purple, yellow chevron, diamonds on sleeves, quartered cap Royal blue and yellow (quartered), yellow sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap
Unleash Sentinel Zibeline
2002
Dark Green and Beige (halved), sleeves reversed, Beige cap, Dark Green star Yellow, mauve spots, yellow sleeves Royal blue and yellow (quartered), yellow sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap
Bangalore Mr Dinos Zibeline
2001
Royal blue, yellow stripe, yellow sleeves, royal blue armlets and star on yellow cap Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap Royal blue, red stars, sleeves and star on cap
Archduke Ferdinand Cover Up Heros Fatal
2000-1991
2000
Purple and White stripes, Black velvet cap, Gold tassel Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap
Bay Of Islands Temple Way Rainbow Ways
1999
Yellow, pink stars and sleeves Purple, yellow hoops, armlets on sleeves, hoop on cap Purple and White stripes, Black velvet cap, Gold tassel
Far Cry Travelmate Bay Of Islands
1998
Red, pink sleeves and cap Emerald green, yellow spots, yellow and emerald green halved sleeves, purple cap Yellow, Dark Blue disc
Cyrian Rainbow Frontier Arctic Owl
1997
Dark green Purple, yellow epaulets, purple sleeves, yellow stars, purple cap, yellow star White, Red inverted triangle, White sleeves, Red spots, quartered cap
Windsor Castle Sweetness Herself Onefourseven
1996
Emerald Green, Black and Emerald Green striped sleeves, Black cap Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap Gold and black check, pink sleeves and cap
Celeric Snow Princess Secret Service
1995
Navy blue, white diamond and sleeves, check cap Royal blue, yellow triple diamond, red sleeves and cap Yellow, blue sash, hooped sleeves, maroon cap
Bold Gait Trans Siberia George Dillingham
1994
Light blue and yellow check, red sleeves and cap Grey, blue stripes on body, blue cap Yellow, black sash, white sleeves, black and white quartered cap
Quick Ransom Hasten To Add Tioman Island
1993
Red and White stripes, chevrons on sleeves White, emerald green disc, white and emerald green hooped sleeves, red cap Light blue, emerald green star, emerald green cap, light blue star
Highflying Balasani Brandon Prince
1992
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Black, silver sleeves, green cap Black and white stripes, chevrons on sleeves, black cap, white star
Witness Box Cabochon Satin Lover
1991
Royal blue, red stars, sleeves and star on cap White, royal blue stars, red sleeves, white cap, royal blue star Black, Red diamond, sleeves and cap
Tamarpour Aahsaylad First Victory
1990-1988
1990
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Light blue and black stripes, black sleeves and cap
Al Maheb Dance Spectrum Holy Zeal
1989
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Yellow, emerald green spots, purple sleeves, yellow cap Green, black hoop and armlets, red cap
Orpheus Ala Hounak Misrule
1988
Green and pink stripes, black velvet cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Yellow, royal blue braces, striped sleeves, hooped cap
Stavordale Zero Watt Private Audition
 

History

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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.

Records

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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 1985

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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
2020 Caravan Of Hope 4 8-05 Harry Bentley Hugo Palmer 1004.5 9/2 F 3:33.21
2021 Nicholas T 9 8-10 Ben Robinson Jim Goldie 1033 33/1 3:31.88
2022 Trueshan 6 10-08 Hollie Doyle Alan King 1003 3/1 F 3:39.75
2023 Calling The Wind 7 09-04 Neil Callan Richard Hughes 1014 14/1 3:31.40

Earlier winners

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  • 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 also

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References

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  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.