Saturday 18 November 2017

Tominator terminates Plate rivals

Ashley Iveson

Veteran trainer Reg Hollinshead shocked the lively Newcastle crowd as his Tominator claimed victory in the track's most famous race, the John Smith's Northumberland Plate. The four-year-old had been running well enough in defeat in recent starts, but with the the most lucrative of his three previous successes coming in a Wolverhampton handicap, this clearly represented a huge step forward.

However, tackling two miles for the first time in the Pitmen's Derby obviously did the trick for the 25/1 chance -- and the joy of his claiming rider Paul Pickard was there for all to see as he passed the post.

Pickard elected to bide his time, no doubt anticipating the strong gallop set by last year's winner and regular front-runner, Overturn. For a long way it appeared the top weight would repeat his heroics of 12 months ago, but Donald McCain's likeable gelding was a spent force soon after the turn for home.

One-time Derby hope Montaff ran a huge race for Mick Channon, as did Tim Easterby's Deauville Flyer, but Tominator swept past them as though they were standing still with a furlong to run.

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