COULD tomorrow be the day? It&rsquo;s almost two years since <strong>WINKER WATSON</strong> won the 2007 July Stakes, but since then, he hasn&rsquo;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&rsquo;s Northumberland Plate is the pearl in Newcastle&rsquo;s racing calendar but my backing of two-mile-plus horses isn&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;s worth following Karl Burke&rsquo;s runners at the moment, as he&rsquo;s on fire. <strong>JEANIE JOHNSTON</strong> runs in tomorrow&rsquo;s Listed Sunley Empress Stakes at Newmarket and can follow-up after her nice display at Haydock. The one for the forecast is Jira.