SUMMER isnt summer without racing on the July Course at Newmarket.
In just under a fortnights time, all eyes will be on the picturesque venue as it hosts the three-day July Festival, but, before then, tomorrows Group Three Criterion Stakes (3.15pm) is the highlight at the track and each-way thieves will be rubbing their hands at the eight runner race.
Rock-solid Group performer Suedois looks like a bet to nothing at around the 9/2 mark, while Cardsharp is a tempting 6/1 and looks capable of being in the first three.
Limato is shorter in the betting and must be respected given hes a Group One winner, but hell need to be at his very best to defy a 5lb penalty.
In a race thats returned two winning favourites in the last three renewals, GLORIOUS JOURNEY gets the vote at 11/4.
The son of Dubawi cost an eyewatering 2,600,000 guineas as a yearling and looked like being worth the outlay when winning both starts as a juvenile.
He didnt make great strides at three, finally winning a Group Three in France on his fifth start of the season, and was then gelded ahead of his four-year-old campaign.
His eighth in the Victoria Cup at Ascot was promising, giving weight away to all-bar-one of his 24 rivals, and he then finished a length second to subsequent Diamond Jubilee runner-up Dream Of Dreams at Windsor.
He can take another step forward and give trainer Charlie Appleby a first win in the race.
The day could get off to the perfect start with 3/1 shot STAR ALEXANDER in the Listed Empress Fillies Stakes (2.05pm).
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