JenningsBet Northumberland Plate
Heritage Handicap,
Newcastle 15:30
£150,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus,
2m 56y, Class 2   
Saturday 25th June 2022

1 Trueshan 3/1F
2 Spirit Mixer 10/1
3 Solent Gateway 25/1
4 Rajinsky 8/1
20 ran Distances: ½l, 1¼l, 1¼l
Time: 3m 39.75s (slow by 8.85s)

Alan King’s Trueshan was carrying 10st 8lb and while he was the class act in the field, he was giving upwards of 19lb to his rivals.

Money came pouring in for Trueshan just before the off and he was sent off the 3-1 favourite under Hollie Doyle, despite him only running having been a late absentee from two races at Royal Ascot due to quick ground.

Doyle was niggling away over half a mile out to hold her position and as the runners fanned across the track, he looked booked for a place at best as Spirit Mixer was sent for home.

Trueshan knuckled down in the manner of the class act he is though, winning by half a length from Spirit Mixer with Solent Gateway third and Rajinsky fourth.

Doyle, who claimed her first Classic success aboard Nashwa in the French Oaks last weekend, said: “It’s been a good few months, or years I could say. I can’t complain how things are going but I’m pretty greedy, once I get a taste of success I want more and more. I’ll do all I can to keep it going. Long may it continue.”

Trainers Quotes

Of Trueshan, she added: “That was unreal. But I had to give him a squeeze and I don’t usually have to do that. He’s never had to battle hard to win a race, he’s always won so easily. But he got into that battle and it was the first time I’ve ever seen it from him, but his ears pinned back and he really knuckled down. He was not getting beaten.”

Trueshan finished sixth under a big weight in last year’s Northumberland Plate before going on to win the Goodwood Cup, the Prix du Cadran and the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot.

Part-owner Alan Marsh will be doing a rain dance to allow the six-year-old to defend his Goodwood crown on July 26.

He said: “It was an extraordinary win. Hollie told us exactly how she was going to ride him and she did it. We just tell her to get on with it and she does it. She knows the horse very well. All credit to her.

“I didn’t think he would win, of course not. It’s well documented we were running because we couldn’t run at Ascot, we are aiming for the Goodwood Cup and we needed a run. This was the safest place to run.

“I only decided to come at 3pm yesterday and I got to Kings Cross and found there was a train. I’m the only one of the four owners here. It’s a delight. Thank goodness they can’t put us up for the Goodwood Cup!”

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JenningsBet Northumberland Plate
(Heritage Handicap)
£150,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 2m 56y, Class 2
20 ran
Going: Standard to Slow (AW)

1 (10)     Trueshan 6 10-8 Alan King Hollie Doyle 3/1F
2 (8)
½ Spirit Mixer 4 8-13 Andrew Balding Callum Hutchinson 10/1
3 (6)
Solent Gateway 4 8-6 Hugo Palmer Andrew Mullen 25/1
4 (16)
Rajinsky 6 9-3 Hugo Palmer Harry Davies 8/1
5 (5)
½ Summer's Knight 4 8-12 Sir Mark Prescott Bt Luke Morris 10/1
6 (4)
Bandinelli 4 9-0 Charlie Appleby Tom Marquand 20/1
7 (15)
Valley Forge 4 8-9 Andrew Balding David Probert 7/2
8 (11)
Island Brave 8 9-0 Heather Main Benoit De La Sayette 25/1
9 (14)
¾ Rainbow Dreamer 9 9-0 Alan King Kevin Stott 20/1
10 (7)
Alright Sunshine 7 9-1 Keith Dalgleish Billy Garritty 33/1
11 (13)
hd Uber Cool 8 8-7 Jane Chapple-Hyam Robert Tart 33/1
12 (2)
Themaxwecan 6 8-13 Charlie & Mark Johnston Jason Hart 66/1
13 (12)
Golden Flame 4 8-11 Charlie & Mark Johnston Connor Beasley 25/1
14 (17)
Onesmoothoperator 4 8-11 Brian Ellison Ben Robinson 10/1
15 (18)
¾ Pirate King 7 8-11 Charlie Fellowes Cam Hardie 100/1
16 (1)
hd Who Dares Wins 10 8-11 Alan King Saffie Osborne 50/1
17 (3)
Graphite 8 8-10 T J Kent Ray Dawson 33/1
18 (9)
Red Verdon 9 9-3 Ed Dunlop Ben Curtis 66/1
19 (19)
14 Sir Chauvelin 10 8-8 Jim Goldie Paul Hanagan 33/1
PU (20) Tribal Art 4 8-12 Charlie & Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 9/1