The Criterion Stakes is a Group 3 run on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course over 7-furlongs. 9-runners are set to go to post for the 2020 renewal and, with just 7lb separating them on ratings, it promises to be an exciting race.
Tips Two Win was once rated as high as 117 after finishing second in the 2,000 Guineas in 2018, but he’s now the lowest-rated runner on 107 after regressing since. He has potential but needs to bounce back to his best after 350 days off the track.
Yafta is rated 1lb higher and has placed a couple of times over course and distance but, as he’s done his winning over 6-furlongs, he may get outstayed at the finish. Vale Of Kent is also rated 108 but has yet to tackle Group race company.
The 109-rated Turjoman was last seen running in a Group 1 over a mile but is three from three over 7-furlongs and could easily go well with the stable of Roger Varian in great form. Charlie Appleby saddles both Mubtasim and On The Warpath and the two finished in that order at Newmarket last season. However, neither has quite hit the height since that suggest they’ll be winning this.
Happy Power has run some great races in defeat in decent company last season and his third behind Space Blues on his seasonal debut was boosted when the winner won in France on Thursday. But the formbook suggests he might find this ground too quick. Sir Dancelot shouldn’t mind the ground but a 5lb penalty makes life tough.
Limato is our Criterion Stakes tip. He has a fantastic record over 7-furlongs at Newmarket, including winning this trace last year, and he relishes the fast ground that is forecast.
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