2023 Criterion Stakes Betting Odds at Newmarket racecourse

Saturday, 01 July 2023

We’re counting down to the Cavani Menswear Fashion Face-off Frenzy Criterion Stakes which takes place at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday 1 July, with five-year-old Aldaary potentially the one to beat and it will be interesting to see how the horse performs after over a year away from the track. Pogo has been underwhelming for Charles Hills but could be set to deliver here.

Berkshire Shadow is trading at similar betting odds and Andrew Balding has seen his charge record consecutive wins before finishing fifth recently. Jumby is another interesting contender which could be a good each-way shout, while Shining Blue runs in the Godolphin colours and El Caballo could also make this a competitive encounter.

2023 Criterion Stakes Tips

Aldaary could take all the beating when it comes to the 2023 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket, with the five-year-old having the potential to shine on the July course. Over seven furlongs, there should be a strong performance from a horse returning to the track after a year’s absence, although it was plain sailing in the Pertemps Network Spring Trophy at Haydock.

Back in October 2021, there was a victory in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot, with that coming after a previous success at the same course. Indeed, the horse has won its previous three outings although such a lengthy absence might compel punters to look for an alternative selection and Pogo ticks a lot of boxes.

The Charles Hills-trained runner isn’t necessarily going to be a warm order with customers who look at the horse’s form, although tenth place in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot was understandable at odds of 125/1, while the horse was also in esteemed company when finishing well down the order in the Al Quoz Sprint.

Indeed, this is a horse that has lined up in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and there’s also Berkshire Shadow who could be a real force as a four-year-old. There were wins at Wolverhampton and Newcastle earlier in the season before a third placed finish at Newbury and then a fifth-placed finish in the Queen Anne Stakes which means he could be a good each-way selection.