COULD tomorrow be the day? It’s almost two years since <strong>WINKER WATSON</strong> won the 2007 July Stakes, but since then, he hasn’t troubled the judge once. However, the combination of a drop in trip, a new partner in Adrian McCarthy and most importantly, the added assistance of blinkers, means that I am prepared to give him another chance. <br /><br />The John Smith’s Northumberland Plate is the pearl in Newcastle’s racing calendar but my backing of two-mile-plus horses isn’t proving too fruitful at present. I think the best I managed in the Ascot marathons last week was a sixth place apart from the regal Yeats. It’s almost enough to put me off <strong>TILT</strong> and as such I will be having a small each way bet on Brian Ellison’s runner. This seven-year-old gelding has some really useful form behind Hits Only Vic and Furmigadelagiusta in his last two outings and I can see him reversing the placing with the aforementioned runner.<br /><br />It’s worth following Karl Burke’s runners at the moment, as he’s on fire. <strong>JEANIE JOHNSTON</strong> runs in tomorrow’s Listed Sunley Empress Stakes at Newmarket and can follow-up after her nice display at Haydock. The one for the forecast is Jira.