Turf Talk: Much-fancied Flymetothestars favoured with ‘decent draw’ for the Northumberland Plate

Flymetothestars trainer, Sir Mark Prescott.
Flymetothestars trainer, Sir Mark Prescott.
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ante-post favourite Flymetothestars heads a maximum field of 20 for tomorrow’s Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Sir Mark Prescott’s lightly-raced gelding is a dual-course winner and won over the extended two miles on his seasonal debut last month.

Acapulco, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jnr, could have run her last race. PIC: John Giles/PA Wire

Acapulco, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jnr, could have run her last race. PIC: John Giles/PA Wire

Flymetothestars has the added bonus of racing from stall eight, which can be considered a decent draw.

Heading the weights is Peter Niven’s 2016 Yorkshire Cup winner Clever Cookie.

However, the nine-year-old has to overcome the widest draw of all in stall 20.

Brian Ellison is hoping for better luck with Seamour, who was caught close home 12 months ago after having finished sixth in 2015. Seamour starts from stall 11.

James Fanshawe is triple-handed with Higher Power (stall 13), Lord George (17) and Sam Missile (19) as he bids to follow up last Saturday’s triumph in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with The Tin Man.

Godolphin lifted this prize in 2016 with Antiquarium and go for back-to-back victories with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained pair of Natural Scenery (10) and Good Run (four). Mark Johnston has two runners in Jaameh (five) and Yorkidding (nine), with Keith Dalgleish saddling Maleficient Queen (three) and Corton Lad (one).

The withdrawals from the top part of the handicap were Ivan Grozny, Minotaur, Shrewd, Mirsaale, Moorside and Blakeney Point.

n Group One-winning sprinter Acapulco could have run her last race.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said she might now be retired after having missed Royal Ascot with a late setback.

The in-foal daughter of Scat Daddy won the Nunthorpe at York in 2015, when trained by Wesley Ward.

O’Brien said: “It’s very possible she won’t run again. Royal Ascot was disappointing, but such is racing, and she is a very important mare for us.”


YORK: 1.55 Moseeb, 2.30 Sainted (next best), 3.05 Defoe (treble), 3.55 Mohab, 4.15 White Rosa, 4.50 Henley, 5.25 Sellingallthetime.

NEWCASTLE: 1.15 Amazour, 2.25 Don’t Touch, 3.00 London Prize, 3.30 FLYMETOTHESTARS (NAP), 4.05 Airton, 4.45 Gerry The Glover, 5.15 Where’s Jeff.

DONCASTER: 5.55 Merdon Castle, 6.25 Model, 6.55 Ptarmigan Ridge, 7.25 Loving, 7.55 Art Obsession, 8.25 Maulesden May, 8.55 Old China.

NEWMARKET: 2.05 Midterm, 2.40 Dance Diva, 3.15 Home Of The Brave, 3.50 Dukhan, 4.20 Melodic Motion, 4.55 Swiftsure, 5.30 Pavillon.

CHESTER: 1.45 Flourishing, 2.20 Queen In Waiting, 2.55 Vona, 3.25 Knockout Blow, 4.00 Hussar Ballad, 4.35 Normal Equilibrium, 5.10 Corpus Chorister.

WINDSOR: 2.10 Grand Koonta, 2.45 African Friend, 3.20 Rebel Assault, 3.55 Stockhill Diva, 4.25 Here Comes When, 5.00 Passcode, 5.35 Justice Rock.

LINGFIELD: 5.40 King Olav, 6.10 Josh The Plod, 6.40 Enola, 7.10 Zalshah, 7.40 Bookmaker, 8.10 Music Lesson, 8.40 The Big Short.