Oriental Fox misses Northumberland Plate

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Royal Ascot winner Oriental Fox will not be asked to turn out quickly in Saturday’s John Smith’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, for which 46 possibles remain.

Mark Johnston’s classy stayer, who was sixth in the race last year and runner-up in 2013, made a winning seasonal reappearance in the Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday but connections have decided not to go to the well twice in a week.

Heading the weights still is Peter Niven’s Clever Cookie, forced to miss the Ascot Gold Cup last week due to fast ground.

The first two home from last year’s race, Angel Gabrial and Suegioo, both owned by Dr Marwan Koukash, are on course to clash again.

Willie Mullins, becoming a regular visitor in the staying handicaps, may run Max Dynamite, but he is the only Irish contender.

Local handler Brian Ellison has a raft of horses still engaged.

Totalize, Montefeltro, Buthelezi, Seamour, Top Of The Glas, Apterix, Cartharge and Full Day form a strong hand.

Richard Fahey is another with multiple entries to pick from, including Angel Gabrial, with Gabrial’s Star and Gabrial The Duke in the mix with Modernism, English Summer and Gabrial The Terror down at the bottom of the weights.

Roger Charlton’s Quest For More, Hughie Morrison’s Nearly Caught, Alan Swinbank’s Aramist and Ed Dunlop’s Oasis Fantasy are all likely to be among the leading fancies.

Luca Cumani remains keen on a tilt at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Postponed following a creditable effort at Royal Ascot.

Postponed finished a fine third in Saturday’s Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot as Snow Sky, a horse Cumani’s charge beat comprehensively in last summer’s Great Voltigeur at York, dominated from the front.

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