Luke Morris looks at his six Saturday rides on Northumberland Plate day at Newcastle
It has been a new experience for us all at Newcastle, not only with it being a new all-weather course but also it being the only course with a straight mile as well. As such it’s taking some getting used to and the track is certainly racing a little deeper than you would expect for an all-weather course as the surface beds in. I was delighted to ride my first winner there on Thursday for James Tate and I’m hoping I can go on and pick up a few more today.
1.55 Newcastle – Affordability
The ground was too soft for him last time at Lingfield and he struggled to get the six furlongs on it. Back on the all-weather and down in trip I think he has a solid each-way chance.
3.05 Newcastle – Ruwaiyan
I won a good six furlong handicap on him last year and he just blew up on his first start of the season last time. He hasn’t run on the all-weather for a while and has to show he can go on the surface but I think he has a solid chance in this race.
He’s had a racecourse gallop around Lingfield with Amour De Nuit and went well there so he’s coming into the race in good order. He has a progressive profile and I’m sure there’s more to come from him. He will be better for the run in my mind but he’ll be in good order for this race and I’d like to think he can be involved.
4.15 Newcastle – Moscato
He’s been a bit awkward on his last couple of starts and we just felt the blinkers would help him see his race out better. He ran really well at Ascot last time but doesn’t have an ideal draw in 18, particularly for a horse who likes to race prominently. He has a solid chance and stays well.
4.50 Newcastle – Weald Of Kent
Most of his best form has come around Southwell so he has to show he’s as good on the Tapeta surface here. If he does I’m sure he’ll put in a good effort.
5.25 Newcastle – Rotherwick
He’s a nice horse and one I’ve won on before in the past. Last time I rode him I felt he was hanging fire a little so hopefully the blinkers will work first time in this. There’s no doubt he’s well handicapped and if the blinkers work he’s my best ride of the day.