We’re heading up north tomorrow
Top Tug ran another blinder at Royal Ascot last week and goes again at Newcastle tomorrow, while both Dunkerron and Beringer also head up north, their destination being York.
Only a neck denied Top Tug a place in the frame again in the hugely competitive Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at the Royal meeting – he had been fourth in the race last year – and, while he is in the grip of the handicapper, he never lets us down.
However, drawn in the widest stall (20) for the £150,000 Northumberland Plate has to be a negative, though in Graham Lee we have one of the best jockeys around, and Top Tug is already proven on the all-weather, having won twice on the polytrack, at Kempton and Lingfield. So, here’s hoping he’ll again be right there at the finish.
Beringer chases a hat-trick after victories at Sandown and Leicester, and, though he jumps up two grades and takes a 15lb hike in the weights for the £50,000 mile and a quarter handicap, he should again be competitive.
Dunkerron, who runs in the opener on the Knavesmire, confirmed his Goodwood debut promise when winning easily at Windsor, and, though he has to shoulder a 6lb penalty against some interesting northern-trained newcomers, his previous experience will stand him in good stead.