Fly in stall eight for Plate

Trainer Sir Mark Prescott trains the market leader

Ante-post favourite Flymetothestars heads a maximum field of 20 for the Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.

Sir Mark Prescott's lightly-raced gelding is a dual course winner and won over the extended two miles on his seasonal debut last month.

Flymetothestars has the added bonus of racing from stall eight, which can be considered a decent draw.

Heading the weights is Peter Niven's 2016 Yorkshire Cup winner Clever Cookie.

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However, the nine-year-old has to overcome the widest draw of all in stall 20.

Brian Ellison is hoping for better luck with Seamour, who was caught close home 12 months ago after having finished sixth in 2015.

Seamour starts from stall 11.

James Fanshawe is triple-handed with Higher Power (stall 13), Lord George (17) and Sam Missile (19) as he bids to follow up last Saturday's triumph in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with The Tin Man.

Godolphin lifted this prestigious prize in 2016 with Antiquarium and go for back-to-back victories with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained pair of Natural Scenery (10) and Good Run (four).

Mark Johnston has two runners in Jaameh (five) and Yorkidding (nine), with Keith Dalgleish saddling Maleficient Queen (three) and Corton Lad (one).

The withdrawals from the top part of the handicap were Ivan Grozny, Minotaur, Shrewd, Mirsaale, Moorside and Blakeney Point.

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