Friday, 29 June 2012
: Ante-post favourite Ile De Re features among a field of 20 declared runners for Saturday's John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.
Trainer Donald McCain won the prestigious Gosforth Park handicap with Overturn two years ago and this season's contender looks to have major claims having beaten his stable companion in the Chester Cup.
Sir Mark Prescott has historically done extremely well with staying handicappers and he saddles the talented Motivado, who steps up to two miles for the first time on what will be his first appearance of the season.
Gulf Of Naples returns to handicap company having run a blinder to finish fourth in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last week.
Last year's winner Tominator is a notable absentee, but the horse that chased him home 12 months ago, Mick Channon's Montaff, is back for more.
Figaro, Crackentorp, The Betchworth Kid and Palazzo Bianco are also in the field, but leading fancies Mount Athos, Thimaar and Steps To Freedom have been withdrawn.