Trueshan will face a field of 19 and also concede upwards of 19 pounds in the search for a Northumberland Plate win at Newcastle on Saturday June 25. Alan King's stayer swerved Ascot due to the dry conditions and the Barbury Castle handler will be hoping for a drop of rain in the North East ahead of the historic race. Sixth in last year's Northumberland Plate, six-year-old Trueshan went on to push leading long distance runner Stradivarius and won the Goodwood Cup, the Prix du Cadran and the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day. King had hoped to run Trueshan in the Ascot Gold Cup won by Kyprios but scorching temperatures in Berkshire meant that the gelding was re-routed to Newcastle instead.
Jamie Overton admitted he spent the night “tossing and turning” before being dismissed for 97 on an eventful Test debut. England’s No8 Overton shared a remarkable 241 from 274 balls with Jonny Bairstow to help them recover from 55 for six and record a first innings lead. There was heartbreak for Overton, though, as he fells three runs shy of a century on debut.
The 32-year-old is a free agent after a nine-year stay with Real Madrid and his session with the Football Association of Wales' physios on the club's first day of pre-season training has ramped up speculation he could be about to join Steve Morison's Bluebirds. Cardiff City share the same training base as the FAW and hope to enter into talks with the five-time Champions League winner, who will be out of contract on June 30. Bale is understood to be weighing up a number of options, including a move to MLS or return to Tottenham, and hopes to have a new club ahead of playing for Wales at the World Cup in Qatar in November.
Fabio Vieira has spoken of his admiration for Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe after completing his move to Arsenal. In his first interview as an Arsenal player, Vieira revealed he spoke about the move with Nuno Tavares, who he has played with for Portugal’s Under-21s side, as he discussed some of his new teammates. “I’m a fan of Saka and Smith Rowe, I really like the way they play,” Vieira told the club’s official website.