Criterion Stakes

The Criterion Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.

Criterion Stakes
Group 3 race
LocationJuly Course
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated1978
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorRandox Health
WebsiteNewmarket
Race information
Distance7f (1,408 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight8 st 10 lb (3yo);
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners*
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* after 31 August 2018
Purse£60,000 (2019)
1st: £34,026
Criterion Stakes
2020
Dark green, black chevron, white cap Royal blue, white hoop, striped sleeves, white cap, royal blue star Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Limato Happy Power Turjomaan

The present Criterion Stakes was established in 1978, and for a period it was classed at Listed level. During the eighties the race was known as the Van Geest Stakes. It was promoted to Group 3 status in 1986.

A previous race with the same name was an important event for two-year-olds. Its winners included Ormonde (1885), Flying Fox (1898), Pretty Polly (1903) and Gay Crusader (1916).

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Libranno – 2011, 2012
  • Limato - 2019, 2020

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Richard HughesTrade Fair (2003), Libranno (2012), Producer (2013)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Richard Hannon Sr.Rock City (1990), Libranno (2011, 2012), Producer (2013)
  • John GosdenToussaud (1992), Hill Hopper (1994), Racer Forever (2008), Gregorian (2014)

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1978 Daring March 4 George Duffield James Bethell
1979 Alert 3 Eric Eldin Clive Brittain
1980 Captain Nick 4 Jimmy Bleasdale Jeremy Hindley
1981 Dalsaan 4 Edward Hide Michael Stoute
1982 Noalcoholic 5 George Duffield Gavin Pritchard-Gordon
1983 Thug 3 Brian Taylor Jeremy Hindley
1984 Grey Desire 4 Benjy Coogan D. Plant
1985 Capricorn Belle 4 Rae Guest Luca Cumani
1986 Mister Wonderful 3 Tony Ives John Dunlop 1:25.51
1987 Linda's Magic 3 Willie Carson Robert Armstrong 1:27.95
1988 Cadeaux Genereux 3 Pat Eddery Olivier Douieb 1:24.19
1989 Zilzal 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:25.95
1990 Rock City 3 Bruce Raymond Richard Hannon Sr. 1:25.61
1991 La Grange Music 4 Walter Swinburn James Fanshawe 1:25.89
1992 Toussaud 3 Pat Eddery John Gosden 1:24.80
1993 Inchinor 3 Richard Quinn Roger Charlton 1:23.56
1994 Hill Hopper 3 Philip Robinson John Gosden 1:26.43
1995 Pipe Major 3 Jason Weaver Patrick Haslam 1:25.00
1996 Gabr 6 Richard Hills Robert Armstrong 1:24.04
1997 Ramooz 4 Willie Ryan Ben Hanbury 1:27.59
1998 Muchea 4 David Harrison Mick Channon 1:25.66
1999 Diktat 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:24.63
2000 Arkadian Hero 5 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 1:24.14
2001 Shibboleth 4 Richard Quinn Henry Cecil 1:23.66
2002 Atavus 5 Jamie Mackay George Margarson 1:25.17
2003 Trade Fair 3 Richard Hughes Roger Charlton 1:23.84
2004 Arakan 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 1:25.04
2005 Vortex 6 Micky Fenton Gay Kelleway 1:25.19
2006 Suggestive 8 Nicky Mackay William Haggas 1:24.16
2007 Silver Touch 4 Tadhg O'Shea Mick Channon 1:28.03
2008 Racer Forever 5 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:25.41
2009 Imbongi 5 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock 1:24.83
2010 Premio Loco 6 Jack Mitchell Chris Wall 1:24.74
2011 Libranno 3 Ryan Moore Richard Hannon Sr. 1:23.56
2012 Libranno 4 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:24.66
2013 Producer 4 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:23.09
2014 Gregorian 5 William Buick John Gosden 1:26.78
2015 Markaz 3 Dane O'Neill Barry Hills 1:23.37
2016 Breton Rock 6 Martin Harley David Simcock 1:29.90
2017 Home Of The Brave 5 James Doyle Hugo Palmer 1:23.13
2018 Sir Dancealot 4 Gérald Mossé David Elsworth 1:26.12
2019 Limato 7 Harry Bentley Henry Candy 1:24.51
2020 Limato[a] 8 Adam Kirby Henry Candy 1:22.81
  1. ^ The 2020 race was run on Newmarket's Rowley Mile course due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Paris-Turf:
    • "1983"., "1984"., "1985"., "1986"., "1987".
  • Racing Post:
  • galopp-sieger.deCriterion Stakes.
  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Criterion Stakes (2018).
  • pedigreequery.comCriterion Stakes – Newmarket.
  • Abelson, Edward; John Tyrrel (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. pp. 102–103. ISBN 1-873626-15-0.