Northumberland Plate Betting

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The Northumberland Plate 2021 is set to be run on Saturday 26th June. Run at Newcastle racecourse, the Northumberland Plate betting market is one of the highlights on the flat horse racing calendar.

The Newcastle races is a handicap race that is run over a trip of 2m on the flat and takes place in late June or early July each year – it’s also run on Newcastle’s All-weather track, so horses that have proven to handle the surface there in the past can often have an advantage. 

Therefore, with the race run over one of the longer trips for flat horses, those that have a lot of stamina often go well in the Northumberland Plate, while it can also often attract horses from yards more well-known for having National Hunt runners. 

Northumberland Plate Odds

You can expect to see Northumberland Plate odds in the ante-post sections on most leading bookmaker sites as soon as the new flat turf season starts.

Races like the Chester Cup, that is run earlier in the season in May, can often have a bearing on the Northumberland Plate betting odds too.

Northumberland Plate Runners

The 2020 renewal of the Northumberland Plate was won by a horse called Caravan Of Hope, he was trained by the Hugo Palmer yard and was the Northumberland Plate favourite. The 2019 Northumberland Plate was won by the Alan King-trained Who Dares Wins, who could be back for more in the Northumberland Plate 2021.

The last back-to-back winner of the Northumberland Plate was Tug Of War in 1977 and 1978.

Other notable Northumberland Plate runners in recent years have been Withhold, who won the race in 2018 – a win that gave trainer Roger Charlton his second Northumberland Plate winner since 2015.

Northumberland Plate at Newcastle Race Course

Newcastle Race Course – Home of the Northumberland Plate. Photo Credit: Peer Lawther / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Northumberland Plate Tips

Considering the competitive nature of the Newcastle Races, there are many Northumberland Plate tips to apply to the race. We’ve actually seen three Northumberland Plate favourites win the prize in the last nine years – which is a fair 44% strike-rate of winning Northumberland Plate favourites over that period.

Being a handicap then weight carried for the Northumberland Plate runners is another Northumberland Plate tip to note. Five of the last six Northumberland Plate winners all carried between 9st 1lb and 9st 9lbs.

Northumberland Plate Betting Trends

When looking at the Northumberland Plate betting markets make sure you also check out the key trends.

These betting trends can help you find the best profile of past winners of the Northumberland Plate.

See below a list of recent Northumberland Plate winners and our main Newcastle races trends and stats.

Past Northumberland Plate Winners:

  • 2020 – Caravan of Hope (9/2 fav)
  • 2019 – Who Dares Wins (12/1)
  • 2018 – Withhold (5/1 fav)
  • 2017 – Higher Power (11/2)
  • 2016 – Antiquarium (16/1)
  • 2015 – Quest For More (15/2)
  • 2014 – Angel Gabrial (4/1 fav)
  • 2013 – Tominator (8/1)
  • 2012 – Ile de Re (5/2 fav)
  • 2011 – Tominator (25/1)
  • 2010 – Overturn (14/1)
  • 2009 – Som Tala (16/1)
  • 2008 – Arc Bleu (14/1)
  • 2007 – Juniper Girl (5/1 fav)
  • 2006 – Toldo (33/1)
  • 2005 – Sergeant Cecil (14/1)
  • 2004 – Mirjan (33/1)
  • 2003 – Unleash (10/1)
  • 2002 – Bangalore (8/1)

Key Northumberland Plate Trends:

Based on the results of the last 19 years, these betting trends are our recommendation to look out for when placing your Northumberland Plate bets in 2021:

  • 18/19 – Had won over at least 1m4f before on the flat
  • 18/19 – Finished fifth or better last time out
  • 16/19 – Came from stall 14 or lower
  • 16/19 – Aged 6 or younger
  • 15/19 – Had won over at least 1m6f before on the flat
  • 15/19 – Finished in the top three in their previous race
  • 11/19 – Carried 8-12 or less
  • 10/19 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
  • 8/19 – Had at least 2 turf flat runs already that season
  • 7/19 – Won by a National Hunt yard
  • 5/19 – Won their previous race
  • 5/19 – Winning favourites
  • 3/19 – Ran at Haydock last time out (inc 3 of the last 12 winners)
  • 3/19 – Had won on the flat at Newcastle before
  • 2/19 – Trained by Donald McCain
  • 2/19 – Trained by Roger Charlton (2 of last 5)
  • 1/19 – Won by a previous winner of the race
  • The average winning SP in the last 18 years is 12.5/1
  • Note: From 2016, the Northumberland Plate has been staged on the All Weather track at Newcastle

Other Northumberland Plate Facts:

  • No horse older than 8 has won the race since 1985
  • Five of the last 15 winners ran at either Ascot or Haydock last time out
  • Ten winning favourites (1 joint) since 1985, including 4 of the last 9
  • Paul Cole trained the winner in 1997, 1998 & 2001

Northumberland Plate Bookmakers

With the Northumberland Plate runners often 20+ then it’s a very competitive betting race.

Therefore, a lot of leading bookmakers will also have many Northumberland Plate betting offers to attract customers.

The normal place terms for this race – providing there are 16+ runners – is the top four places, but you can often find bookmakers increasing these each-way place terms to 5, 6 or even 7 places.

Popular betting exchange – Betfair – have sponsored the race since 2019, so they are likely to have some Northumberland Plate betting offers.

Northumberland Plate History

The Northumberland Plate, which is one of the richest 2m flat handicaps in the world, is often referred to as the ‘Pitmens Derby’. This name originated with the meeting being a holiday for the local mine workers.

The Northumberland Plate history dates back to 1833 when the race was first run – with the first winner of the Northumberland Plate a horse called Tomboy.

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