Rainbow Dreamer has a fourth try at ‘The Plate’ at Newcastle

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June 30

Alan has fond memories of last year’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, where Trueshan defied a welter burden to give weight away all round,

And, while Rainbow Dreamer does not command the same attention from the experts in tomorrow’s renewal, Alan is hoping that the evergreen 10-year-old might give Barbury the dream start to July.

Rainbow Dreamer was landing the 13th success, including two over hurdles, when scoring over this course and distance in April. Nine of Rainbow Dreamer’s successes have come on the all-weather, and he seems to love Gosforth Park.

Indeed, this is the fourth time that he has contested the Plate, his best effort being when a close fifth (he only just missed out on the frame) in the popular Geordie marathon in 2020.

Alan has purposely kept Rainbow Dreamer since that triumphant seasonal debut, so here’s hoping he can outrun his odds and get in the money.

Also in action tomorrow is Zodiac Star, who, having shown promise in all his three races last season, makes his reappearance at Windsor. He was gelded through the winter.

And up at Newmarket we have Dal Mallart, arguably out of his depth in a Class 3 race at Kempton last time, dropping back down a grade, in which he has shown good form.

Meanwhile, fingers crossed we can finish June on a winning note up at Doncaster, where we run both Whispering Royal and Royal Deeside.

Whispering Royal has been working well and was bought for 75,000gns after winning his maiden at Dundalk 21 months ago. The Chelsea Thoroughbreds syndicate has big hopes for him this summer. Royal Deeside steps up in trip on what is his handicap debut, so, hopefully, that will help as there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree.