Saturday, July 01, 2017

3.15 Newmarket 7F Criterion Stakes G3 (Sat 1st July )

On Saturday we are back at Newmarket on July Course, for feature race the seven furlong G3 Criterion Stakes at 3.15 .

8 runners declared for 7F group three Criterion Stakes on ground described as good/soft .The three main contenders look to be Breton Rock , Home Of The Brave & Thikriyaat .

BRETON ROCK :Seven-year-old gelding ,winning 7 out 28 ,including winning this race last year  .Made creditable reappearance in G1 Lockinge Stakes in May, finishing 5L third to Ribchester,though followed that with slightly disappointing fifth of 8 in G3 John Of Guant stakes at Haydock last time .Should be thereabouts, with ground conditions in his favour.

HOME OF THE BRAVE : Five-year-old entire , winning 5 out 14 ,including winning G3 John Of Guant stakes at Haydock last season .Made winning reappearance in 7F King Richard 111 Listed stakes at Leicester in April .Solid claims ,though best form has been on fast surface .

THIKRIYAAT:Four-year-old gelding ,winning 4 out 8,including winning 1 mile G3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Glourious Goodwood .Also finished good 2ND in Jersey stakes at Royal Ascot behind Ribchester in 2016 .Returned to form last time ,finishing close 3RD to Arabian Hope in 1M Listed race at York .Should go well returning 7F ,having won twice at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course over the distance.

 VERDICT : THIKRIYAAT makes plenty appeal returning to 7 furlongs ,having shown some decent form last season over the trip (211) ,including winning Listed Race and finishing excellent 2ND in Jersey stakes .Looked on the way back in Listed race at York last time .Odds around 6-1 look each-way solid value .

£30.00 EACH-WAY @ 6-1 888SPORT *
(UNPLACED SP 11-2 LOSS £60.00)

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