Newmarket Saturday 29th June 15:15pm
Randox Health Criterion Stakes (Group 3) Age: 3yo+ Distance: Seven furlongs
Weights – 8st 10lbs (3yo), 9st 5lbs (4yo+), (3lbs allowance for fillies & mares)
Penalties – 7lbs for Group 1 winners, 5lbs for Group 2 winners, 3lbs for Group 3 winners (Since last August 31st)
First run in 1978 it is contested on the July Course at Newmarket. During the eighties the race was known as the Van Geest Stakes. Originally a Listed event it was promoted to Group 3 status in 1986.
The leading jockey to date with three wins has been Richard Hughes with Trade Fair (2003), Libranno (2012) and Producer (2013).
Two trainers have saddled four winners of the race;
Richard Hannon Sr. – Rock City (1990), Libranno (2011, 2012), Producer (2013).
John Gosden – Toussaud (1992), Hill Hopper (1994), Racer Forever (2008), Gregorian (2014)
12 Year Statistics
Age – Ten of the last twelve winners have been aged between four and six.
Starting Price – Eight of the last twelve winners returned a SP of 6/1 or less.
Weight – Nine of the last twelve winners have carried at least 9st 3lb.
Last Run – Ten of the last twelve winners finished fourth or worse last time, only one of them had won. Nine of the last twelve winners had run within the last 35 days.
Course Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had a previous run at Newmarket.
Distance Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had won at the trip at least once over seven furlongs.
Flat Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least two previous wins.
Official Rating – All of the last twelve winners had an official rating of between 105 and 114.
Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one run in the current season.
Leading Contenders and Keith's Tip
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GLORIOUS JOURNEY 3/1 – Won a French Group 3 over a mile last season. Outpaced at six furlongs last time and may find this seven furlongs a bit on the sharp side too.
LIMATO 3/1 – Course and distance Group 2 winner last season. Has run credibly over shorter twice since. Will appreciate the return to seven furlongs. At seven he is older than ideal.
SUDOIS 9/2 – Despite a string of good efforts he hasn’t won since 2017 and its hard to see that altering in this.
TABARRAK 5/1 – Listed winner. Fourth in this last year. Likely to find one or two too good again.
CARDSHARP 6/1 – Beat Royal Navy Flag over six furlongs here at two in a Group 2. Has been very busy this season running eight times and winning twice. Finished down the field over a mile last week at Royal Ascot in the Royal Hunt Cup on unsuitable going. A big run is expected in what should be ideal conditions as the ground dries out.
Mark Johnston is not one for wasting entries and despite clocking up a few miles this term it looks like he has found the ideal opportunity for CARDSHARP 6/1 each way to gain some more black type Royal Ascot hero Frankie Dettori has been booked to take the ride.
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