Our regular and popular racing pundit Alan Marron previews the four main races at Newcastle today, including the Northumberland Plate and two Group 3 races.
We have a number of Extra-Place races available today, including on the Northumberland Plate- see below
NEWCASTLE 4 MAIN RACES PREVIEW
1.50 RACING WELFARE CHIPCHASE STAKES (GROUP 3)
HARRY’S BAR is a very interesting runner for James Fanshawe and this horse looks overpriced in terms of what he has so far achieved.
He is the type of horse that his trainer does really well with and it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw a big run here.
He has won five of his last nine starts, all on the all-weather, and hasn’t been out of the placings on the other four occasions. He is stepping up in grade but he looks to be improving all the time and could turn into a decent sprinter.
He won off a mark of 74 on his all-weather debut and is now up to a mark of 101. He will need to find some improvement but he looks the type that will give us a very solid run and be very hard to keep out of the frame.
He has placed form at the course so we know that he handles Newcastle and he’s one to keep a close eye on.
2.25 GOSFORTH PARK CUP HANDICAP
COPPER KNIGHT, who won this race in 2018 and was runner-up last year, arrives here in very good form and could be very hard to beat.
His first run this season was a cracker at Newmarket when he got caught close home by the Julie Camacho-trained Makanah. He moved up to listed company last time out at Doncaster and just flattened out close home. I think he will be more suited by the track here and will be hard to keep out of the frame.
His handicap mark doesn’t fluctuate too much and he is in here off the same mark of 105 that he ran off last year. He was beaten by Fool For You on that occasion, who reopposes and there is a 3lb pull in favour of Copper Knight this time around.
Which horse has progressed the most would be an issue, but I still think Copper Knight is showing plenty of spark to run well here.
3.00 HOPPINGS FILLIES STAKES (GROUP 3)
This race looks a tricky puzzle to try and solve but I will be taking a chance on the Andrew Balding-trained LOOK AROUND to return to some of the form that saw her finish midfield in the 1000 Guineas back in 2019.
This filly has been keeping company with some strong opposition in recent times and while there are a number of unexposed fillies in here, I think Look Around could have too much class.
In terms of the opposition for this race, Aloe Vera hasn’t been seen in over 400 days while the other two fillies near the head of the market are stepping up from handicap company. Look Around finished in front of Magnetic Charm at Ascot last year when they were second and third, respectively. Magnetic Charm is now rated 112 so, if Look Around can produce a run similar to that, it should be more than enough to her back into the winners enclosure.
3.35 NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE HANDICAP
One of the features of the season at Newcastle and, with the stable in flying form, CARNWENNAN has been on my radar for this race for a few weeks now. He was a much bigger price ante-post and looks one of the main protagonists here.
He is 9lb higher than when winning the consolation race for this last year but he has really progressed since and looks a much stronger individual. He has plenty of stamina in his locker and we know that he has the ability to handle the track. He was unlucky when we last saw him in February, here at Newcastle, when he got caught close home by the David Simcock-trained Smart Champion, who takes his place here also.
With the stable of Charlie Fellowes in much better form in recent weeks, I think we will get a very strong run for Carnwennan and he should go very close granted a little luck in running.