John Smith's Northumberland Plate
Heritage Handicap, Newcastle
£140,000 added,
3yo plus,
2m 19y, Class 2
Saturday 28th June 2014

1 Angel Gabrial 4/1F
2 Suegioo 12/1
3 Repeater 28/1
4 Noble Silk 14/1
NR: Nearly Caught (IRE)
19 ran Distances: 3½l, 2½l, shd
TIME 3m 28.96s (slow by 2.96s)

Double for Dr Marwan Koukash as Angel Gabrial wins the Northumberland Plate from Suegioo.

Winning trainer Richard Fahey says: "I'm absolutely delighted. It's one of those races you just want to put on your CV."

Angel Gabrial
© Grossick Racing Photography
Angel Gabrial

Angel Gabrial justified strong support to give North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey his first John Smith's Northumberland Plate success at Newcastle.

Apprentice George Chaloner produced his mount to head the long-time leader Ardlui inside the final furlong and complete a Gosforth Park treble for Fahey.

The 4-1 favourite veered to the right close home, but he had plenty in hand as he reversed Chester Cup form with Suegioo (12-1), giving owner Dr Marwan Koukash a one-two in this prestigious two-mile handicap.

The winning margin was three and a half lengths, with Repeater (28-1) staying on from last place to take third, some two and a half lengths away. Noble Silk (14-1) was fourth.

Chaloner, who won the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last Saturday aboard the Fahey-trained Baccarat, said: "It's been an unbelievable couple of weeks.

Chaloner, who won the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last Saturday aboard the Fahey-trained Baccarat, said: "It's been an unbelievable couple of weeks.

"He's given me a peach of a ride round there. I just tried to let him settle and keep him happy. I couldn't have wished for it to have gone any better. We didn't want to get killed early on, but he's travelled well and picked up lovely."

Fahey added: "I'm absolutely delighted - we're having a fantastic time at the moment. It's one of them races you want to put on your CV and it was never in doubt. He's pretty talented and he does pick up."

The handler has not ruled out a possible tilt at the Melbourne Cup with Angel Gabrial, whose owner has always had grand designs on winning Australia's showcase race.

Fahey went on: "Most two-milers like him don't have a turn of foot, but he does.

"I was delighted when I saw the draw on Thursday, and everything went right, it very rarely does. He maybe got to the front a bit soon because he can run around a bit. Any two-miler that can quicken up like him, though, will always win races.

"George has had a good week, but then we all have. Marwan will probably be thinking about Melbourne now. Whether he'd get in, I don't know, but I'd love to have a runner out there, he's that sort of horse."

Trainers Quotes

John Smith's Northumberland Plate
(Heritage Handicap)
£140,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m 19y, Class 2
19 ran
Going: Good to Firm


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Angel Gabrial
R A Fahey
George Chaloner
9st 1lbs
4 - 1
Winner
2
Suegioo
M Botti
M Harley
9st 4lbs
12 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
3
Repeater
D O'Meara
Sam James
9st 7lbs
28 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
4
Noble Silk
Mrs L Wadham
P Mulrennan
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
Short Head
5
Ardlui
T D Easterby
D Allan
8st 10lbs
20 - 1
Nose
6
Oriental Fox
M Johnston
J Fanning
9st 10lbs
8 - 1
1/2 length
7
Totalize
B Ellison
R Winston
8st 10lbs
9 - 1
1/2 length
8
Glenard
C Hills
G Gibbons
8st 10lbs
18 - 1
1 1/4 length
9
Van Percy
A M Balding
Oisin Murphy
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
10
Dark Crusader
A J Martin
D Sweeney
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
11
Sir Ector
J J Lambe
G Lee
9st 6lbs
22 - 1
4 lengths
12
Lucky Bridle
W P Mullins
P Hanagan
9st 2lbs
8 - 1
3/4 length
13
Boite
P W Chapple-Hyam
Jordan Nason
9st 2lbs
40 - 1
1 length
14
Tropical Beat
D O'Meara
S De Sousa
9st 2lbs
14 - 1
1 3/4 length
15
Buthelezi
B Ellison
T Eaves
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
6 lengths
16
Agreement
J J Quinn
I J Brennan
8st 10lbs
66 - 1
6 lengths
17
Big Thunder
Sir Mark Prescott
Luke Morris
9st 3lbs
14 - 1
9 lengths
18
Mawaqeet
D McCain Jnr
P McDonald
8st 10lbs
33 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
19
Waterclock
Jedd O'Keeffe
R Kennemore
8st 9lbs
66 - 1
18 lengths
NR
Nearly Caught
H Morrison
Adrian Nicholls
9st 5lbs
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