Ellison hoping for diamond show

Trainer Brian Ellison expects both Carte Diamond and Tilt to play prominent roles in tomorrow's John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Tilt finished third in the two-mile feature last year while Carte Diamond, who suffered two bad injuries during an abortive trip to Australia for the 2005 Melbourne Cup, has pleased in two runs since his return to action earlier this season.

"Carte Diamond is very well and we're so hopeful, but being drawn 17 doesn't help," said Ellison.

"He improved loads for his first run back at Doncaster then he ran a blinder at Chester. He improved again, the handicapper put him up 9lb, but I'm sure he can win a Group race. I'm not too worried about his draw.

"Tilt's in great form and is probably the best handicapped horse in the race.

"He ran a great race in the Chester Cup, Johnny Murtagh felt he would have won if the race had been over two miles.

"He'll love the ground and he's got a better draw (11) this year. Both horses had a gallop at Ripon last week and I couldn't be happier with them," he told At The Races.

Michael Jarvis believes the drop in trip will suit Bukit Tinggi, who was caught in the dying strides when fourth to fellow Plate rival Missoula in the Ascot Stakes over two and a half miles last week.

"He appears to be all right but he did have a tough race at Ascot," said Jarvis.

"It remains to be seen how much that has taken out of him. He appears to be fine but until you run them, you can never be quite sure.

"He is running off his old handicap mark, which is an advantage to him, and two miles is probably his best trip.

"He came to win the Ascot Stakes, got half a length up and in the last 50 metres he just emptied out. The first three were able to nail him on the line," said the Newmarket trainer.

A maximum field of 20 were declared plus two reserves - Tony Martin's Irish raider Arc Bleu and Tim Easterby's Bollin Derek.

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