The participation of the strongly fancied Deauville Flyer had been in serious doubt before the final declaration stage for Saturday’s Northumberland Plate, but Tim Easterby’s 4 year-old has just managed to make the final field of 20.
The gelding needed nine horses above him in the handicap to pull out to obtain a place, and that is exactly the amount withdrawn for the £175,000 contest.
With only 8s 3lb to carry Robert Winston’s mount is sure to be well supported for the " Pitman’s Derby " after an impressive victory at York recently, over the same distance he will be asked to cover on Saturday.
The Godolphin colt Sabotage, last of nine in Sandown’s Henry 11 Stakes, will carry top weight of 9s 10lb after the defection of the Michael Jarvis trained Opinion Poll.
Deauville Flyer is no bigger than 5/1 with bookmakers, a full four points shorter than the next two in the betting, Chester Cup winner Mamlook, 9/1 with Coral, and Andrew Balding’s Chiberta King, available at that price with several layers.
One horse that has come in for strong support recently is Alan Swinbank’s Stanstill, a 12/1 shot now after being available at almost twice those odds yesterday.
Eddie Ahern has been booked by Donald McCain Jnr to partner in-form hurdler Overturn, best price 11/1 with Coral, and another jockey booking that takes the eye is Neil Callan riding Desert Sea for David Arbuthnot, available at 16/1 with Victor Chandler and Coral.
Aaim To Prosper and Tilt have been declared as the two reserves in the event of any withdrawals before 9.30 tomorrow morning.