Commissioned winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot
PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
By Alex Wiltshire 2:30PM 20 JUN 2016
COMMISSIONED, a general 10-1 shot for victory in Saturday’s Northumberland Plate following his success in the final race of Royal Ascot, the Queen Alexandra Stakes, over the weekend, was the most high-profile absentee from the field at the five-day stage on Monday.
Commissioned struck at odds of 12-1 to win on his debut for Gordon Elliott after being bought for £65,000 from John Ferguson and was well fancied to follow up at Newcastle under a 5lb penalty over the shorter 2m trip.
A total of 72 entries remained in contention on Monday. Top weight Pallasator, who ran in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, was also withdrawn, resulting in a significant increase of 8lb to the weights carried by the remaining runners. Top weight, carrying 9st10lb, is now the Simon Crisford-trained Gang Warfare, a four-time winner on the all-weather over the winter.
Market leader Dannyday, now up to 8st11lb, is now generally 8-1 for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. The Northumberland Plate is one of the few big races that still eludes Stoute, who recorded two winners at Royal Ascot last week.
Dannyday’s main challengers in the market are Chester Cup runner-up Nakeeta and Steve Rogers, a disappointing favourite in the same race. Gang Warfare is also among the market principals, available at 12-1.
This Saturday’s renewal of the Northumberland Plate will be the first time the prestigious handicap has been run on the all-weather, following the inauguration of the new Tapeta track at Newcastle last month.