Trade Fair Sharp in Newmarket's Criterion
Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2003 4:37 PM
Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2003 3:53 PM
Three-year-old Trade Fair continued his comeback Saturday with an impressive victory in the Criterion Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket.
Once the 2,000 Guineas favorite, the son of Zafonic was set back in the spring due to a burst blood vessel. The Criterion was his second victory since his return in a listed stakes win in late May.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt, ridden by Richard Hughes, won the seven-furlong heat at sun-drenched Newmarket by four lengths over Just James, who ran on after trailing the field into the final furlong. King of Happiness was three lengths farther behind in third in a field of 11.
Relaxed early while in touch with leading group, Hughes launched his winning bid 1 1/2 furlongs from the finish, taking command with an eighth of a mile to go. He sprinted the uphill straight from there to win under a slight urging.
"I was really pleased with him from start to finish," winning trainer Roger Charlton told The Racing Post
. "He was wandering around beforehand and was very settled and right. He showed an electric turn of foot, the ground was a little loose on top and fast ground would have helped him more.
"I will have to consult the owner as I don't know what his distance is. He has a lot of speed but gave the impression he would stay."
When pressed, Charlton said, "It's possible he could go for the Sussex but it was a graveyard for his sire Zafonic and we will have to see."
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