Withhold ‘in good nick’ for Northumberland Plate charge

Roger Charlton’s stayer on the march at Newcastle

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Withhold might have the Melbourne Cup on his agenda if all goes to plan in the Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.

An easy winner of the Cesarewitch last autumn, when landing a big gamble, Roger Charlton’s stayer has again been well backed to add another big pot.

The lightly-raced five-year-old has been raised 12lb but Charlton’s son and assistant, Tom, feels there is more to come.

“I wouldn’t be worried about the trip,” he said.

“He’s had a bad scope on and off all spring which is why he hasn’t been out before now.

“He seems in good nick. It’s a tough race to win. He should be well handicapped but I think there’ll be others who are pretty well handicapped.”

While Withhold has never raced on a Tapeta surface before, that is not expected to cause any issues.

Tom Charlton told At The Races “He works on the Polytrack at home. He’s a very clean mover and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t act on it.

“We thought about Ascot but he would have only gone there if he could have had a prep in the Sagaro, the Melbourne Cup is still in the back of our minds so we’ve plenty of big targets for him.”

Withhold ‘in good nick’ for Northumberland Plate charge

Newcastle 14:05, 30 June 2018

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