Through The Card: Newmarket, Saturday June 25
Timeform take you through the card at Newmarket on Saturday, featuring the Group 3 Criterion Stakes.
"However, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mustaaqeem leaves the impression he has more to offer..."
14:10 - Devil's Bridge sets the standard pretty high given what he achieved on his debut and was also declared for the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last week before being pulled out, so it's probably fair to say he's well regarded. All three newcomers still in the line-up need keeping an eye on, however, so this doesn't appeal as a betting race. We'll take Devil's Bridge in the Placepot and hope that there's not two smart prospects among his opposition.
14:45 - Bateel has shaped better than the bare result in listed events both outings this season and this looks a good opportunity for her to resume winning ways, especially with Mr Singh a non-runner. That said, the fact that connections now reach for the hood tempers enthusiasm somewhat, and like the first race, this probably isn't an event to get heavily involved in. Money for Havana Beat on his first start for new connections could be interesting.
15:20 - The listed Empress Stakes for two-year-old fillies, a race won by the Hannon yard in 2012 and 2013. That outfit look to have strong claims again courtesy of Somebody To Love who did plenty wrong but still ran out a comfortable winner at Sandown on her debut two weeks ago. Marie of Lyon's debut win at York has been boosted by subsequent wins for the second and fourth and she's next best, ahead of Queen Mary fifth Simmie.
15:55 - The Group 3 Criterion Stakes. So Beloved still seems to be on the upgrade judging by his two efforts this season and another good run looks on the cards. That said, the David O'Meara yard are still operating below their usual high standards (last winner on June 17), so it's unwise to recommend him as a strong win bet. Breton Rock should run his usual solid race on what is likely to be suitable ground, so he's probably the Placepot banker, while Muwaary caught the eye on his belated return at York a fortnight ago and Paul Hanagan keeps faith.
16:25 - Talent To Amuse coped well with testing ground when a comfortable winner at Lingfield last time and her proven fitness could just give her the edge over the reappearing Return Ace, who surely has more to offer for the James Fanshawe team in 2016. Maiden winner Haddajah and the bang-in-form Stockhill Diva are other interesting runners in what is likely to prove an informative contest.
17:00 - Four non-runners give this race a different look to 24 hours ago. However, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mustaaqeem leaves the impression he has more to offer (he's the only horse in this line-up with a 'p' attached to his Timeform rating, as well as being top rated) and is taken to come good over this longer trip. Awake My Soul arrives on the back of a good effort in a competitive heat at York and will be at home if the ground rides soft, but he's another from the O'Meara yard. The money is clearly interesting for heavy-ground winner Flight Officer but this is big enough ask on his first start for 619 days.
17:35 - If Godolphin don't score with Flight Officer, they could with Chastuska in the closing fillies' handicap. She made a promising return to action when travelling strongly for a long way in a 10-furlong Newbury listed event and is a confident pick down in grade here with her ability to handle testing ground in no doubt after a maiden win on heavy last autumn. She's priced accordingly, though.
Back Mustaaqeem in the 17:00
14:10 - 1
14:45 - 4
15:20 - 8
15:55 - 3
16:25 - 7
17:00 - 10
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