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Royal Ascot winner seeking Northumberland Plate success at Newcastle
ROYAL ASCOT winner Pique Sous will seek a notable double when he turns out in the John Smith's Northumberland Plate, the showcase feature of Newcastle's Flat season, on Saturday.
The seven-year-old came close to losing his life last autumn after suffering a severe bout of colic, but showed he is better than ever with a brilliant display in the Queen Alexandra Stakes on the final day of Ascot's Royal meeting on Saturday in the hands of Ryan Moore.
The grey is now safely back at champion trainer Willie Mullins' Irish base, but is likely to be heading back across the Irish Sea later this week.
Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners Supreme Horse Racing, said: "The horse caught the ferry back to Ireland and is grand and fine back at Willie's.
"I spoke to Willie and Ryan about the Northumberland Plate yesterday, Ryan was keen and if the horse is all right come Tuesday and the ground is suitable, I think it's very likely he'll run.
"He gets in with a 5lb penalty. He was rated 96 going into Ascot and I'd say he'll go up at least 10lb, so he'll be well-in.
"I thought Ryan gave him a fantastic ride as he pulled hard in the early stages. I think the two and three-quarter miles he faced is the top end of his limit and I actually think he can improve going back to two miles.
"He travels so well in his races and has some kick. The time was quicker than Simenon's when he won the race two years ago.
"I don't think he'll jump a hurdle again. We'll be concentrating on the Flat from now on."
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