Newcastle Eider Chase Handicap Ante-Post Market Now Live

The 2017 renewal of the Eider Chase takes place at Newcastle Racecourse, on Saturday February 25th. While this is only a Class 2 contest, the huge purse (£80,000) attracts a high-quality field and we already have a live ante-post market.

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Recent Eider Chase winners include Rocking Blues, Milborough, Wyck Hill, Portrait King and Campanero. It’s a gruelling contest of 4m 1f and it’s been a fixture since the early 1950s.

The following horses are already priced-up…

Likely Runners

Raz De Maree – Gavin Cromwell

Goodtoknow – Kerry Lee

Baie Des Iles – Ross O’Sullivan

Shotgun Paddy – Emma Lavelle

Smooth Stepper – Sue Smith

Wild West Wind – Tom Richard George

Knockanrawley – Kim Charles Bailey

Court Frontier – Paul Morgan

Bishops Road – Kerry Lee

Baywing – Nicky Richards

Viva Steve – Fergal O’Brien

Straidnahanna – Sue Smith

Russe Blanc – Kerry Lee

Royal Salute – Anthony Honeyball

Portrait King – Patrick Griffin

Perfect Candidate – Fergal O’Brien

Out Sam – Warren Greatrex

Mountainous – Kerry Lee

Milborough – Ian Duncan

Kruzhlinin – Philip Hobbs

Houblon Des Obeaux – Venetia Williams

Gas Line Boy – Ian Paul Williams

Blakemount – Sue Smith

Beg To Differ – Jonjo O’Neill

Alfie Spinner – Kerry Lee

Spookydooky – Jonjo O’Neill

Warrantor – Warren Greatrex

Rigadin De Beauchene – Venetia Williams

Mysteree – Michael Scudamore

Mustmeetalady – Jonjo O’Neill

Morney Wing – J. Charlie Mann

Milansbar – Neil King

Harry Topper – Kim Charles Bailey

Goulanes – Neil Mulholland

Gevrey Chambertin – David Pipe

Father Edward – David Pipe

Cresswell Breeze – Anthony Honeyball

Courtown Oscar – Philip Kirby

Alto Des Mottes – Henry Hogarth

Abracadabra Sivola – David Pipe

West Of The Edge – Dr. Richard Newland

Streets Of Promise – Michael Scudamore

Sevenballs Of Fire – Iain Jardine

Harry The Viking – Sandy Thomson

Gone Too Far – David Pipe

Emperor’s Choice – Venetia Williams

Deputy Commander – Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dawson City – Polly Gundry

Dare To Endeavour – Emmet Mcnamara

Cyclop – David Dennis

Summery Justice – Venetia Williams

Samingarry – Nigel Hawke

Millicent Silver – Nigel Twiston-Davies

Kingswell Theatre – Michael Scudamore

Gary Charm – David Pipe

Berea Boru – Peter Bowen

Racing At Newcastle

The location of Newcastle Racecourse is Gosforth Park, just outside of this famous and bustling city. Both flat and jumps racing are held at Newcastle.

We can trace the history of horse racing in this area, right back to the early part of the Seventeenth-Century. Back then, the action took place at nearby Killingworth. The racecourse relocated to Town Moor, which is where the Northumberland Plate was first held. In the latter part of the Eighteenth-Century, the course was moved again – this time to the present location at Gosforth Park.

Locals were unhappy about this, but the move was a successful one and Gosforth Park has been the home of some great racing for more than one hundred and 30 years now. There was a great deal of investment at the time of the move, which enabled the construction of new courses for both flat and jumps racing, a new grandstand and stables for over 100 horses.

The estate was very well managed and development continued in the years that followed. Two golf clubs were built, along with a nature reserve and a camp for scouts.

Recent Modernisation

However, by the mid-1990s, the venue was starting to look rather tired. It was sold to Northern Racing and they invested well over ten million pounds to get it back into tip-top shape. New stands were built, along with a better parade ring and a new course was laid out – a one mile flat track, of which there aren’t too many of in the UK.

David Williamson, a canny Scottish businessman, was recruited as managing director in 2002. With some well-thought out initiatives, he increased turnover at Newcastle Racecourse from £2.5m to £6.5m. However, this is dwarfed by the amount of money that the Northumberland Plate brings to the local economy – an estimated £30m, in direct and indirect spending.

Williamson also introduced a Ladies Day at Newcastle. This has been extremely popular and over fifteen thousand spectators attend each year. Williamson left the racecourse, in 2008, to work for the big local football team, Newcastle United. Whether or not he now regrets that move, only he could say! Mark Spincer stepped in to replace him at the racecourse.

The Northumberland Plate takes place either in late-June or early-July. This is a flat race and also a handicap. Run over a distance of two miles, the race is for horses that are at least three years old.

The first ever winner of the Northumberland Plate was a horse called Tomboy. Underhand is the most successful Northumberland Plate horse, having won the event on three different occasions. More recent winners include Al Maheb, Celeric, Far Cry, Bay of Islands, Windsor Castle,, Cyrian and Archduke Ferdinand.

Tapeta Track

The racecourse can boast a very-recent period of investment and modernisation. A new tapeta track was installed and the first races took place on this in 2016. It is already established as a premier all-weather venue, something that the North desperately needed.

Newcastle Racecourse always offers a great day out and it is well worth the trip, if you ever find yourself in this great city.

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