The Newcastle Festival 'Plate Day' is underway after a ground inspection deemed the racecourse fit for purpose.
The event had been in doubt after the 'super storm' that hit the region flooded the course.
But, after a great deal of work organisers at Newcastle Racecourse have confirmed this year's event will go ahead as planned.
Saturday's event is the highlight of the three day festival when the £140,000 John Smith's Northumberland Plate is run.
There are 16 runners set to go in the showpiece event with four horses already out of the race.
The Donald McCain trained Ile De Re is early favourite for the 3:20 showpiece event and is also Robert Cooper's tip to win.
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