Saturday, 30 June 2012
: Having finished early on Thursday and abandoned any hopes of racing Friday, the weather is looking brighter and there will be an inspection Saturday morning UK time.
The Northumberland Plate, also known as the Pitman's Derby, as 20 entries from the 3y+ age group who will contend this 3200m handicap. The market is headed by Ile de Rey, a winner at Chester and Gulf of Naples who ran fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup. Motivado is 7/1, and we rather like William Haggis's Figaro on 8/1.
At Newmarket, which seems to have dodged the worst of the weather, Hoof It, who had to bypass Royal Ascot, is on even money for the G3 Sunley Memorial Criterion over 1400m. Libranno is 7/2 and Majestic Myles 7/1.
News from England tells us that Ortensia is heading to the July Cup, having had treatment for strained back muscles following her run in the King's Stand.