Foundry Lane best

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Winning Derbies on a seasonal debut is very much in vogue, and today at Newcastle Foundry Lane (3.50) can follow the trend set by Lammtarra and Shaamit, albeit at a more prosaic level, by taking the Pitmen's version, the Northumberland Plate, writes Sue Montgomery.

The five-year-old has not run since he finished fifth to today's favourite Snow Princess - giving her a stone - at Doncaster last November, but he goes well when fresh and has been targeted at today's contest for some time by the shrewd Mary Reveley.

In receipt of 9lb from the filly, he looks value to reverse the placings.

Willie Carson has opted to travel north to ride Akil (2.40) for Robert Armstrong in the Journal 'Good Morning Handicap. The four-year-old ran a cracking race on the unfavoured far side over a furlong more in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.

At Newmarket Ramooz (4.05) can bounce back from his Jersey Stakes defeat in the Group Three Van Geest Criterion Stakes and Bequeath (3.30) has the scope to step up from his easy Beverley victory in the Fred Archer Stakes.