25 June 2021: The Lir Jet Criterion Stakes Preview

The Lir Jet runs tomorrow at Newmarket in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes over 7 furlongs for 3-year-olds and upwards at 3.15pm live on ITV.

Oisin Murphy has been booked to ride. He is drawn in stall 7 of 11 runners.

The Lir Jet ran a very good race last Friday at Royal Ascot finishing 7th in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. He didn’t break the quickest and was slightly outpaced in the early stages of the race but finished with a rattle when not having the best of luck in running. The ground was very heavy at Royal Ascot so a sounder surface will suit The Lir Jet tomorrow. He is stepping back up in trip to 7 furlongs, the same trip to when he was narrowly denied on his seasonal reappearance in the Greenham Stakes.

The Lir Jet has come out of Royal Ascot in top shape and Michael Bell feels he should be taking his chance.

Although it is only 8 days since his last run, Cieren Fallon reported he didn’t feel he had a hard race the way things panned out.

A competitive race with Kinross being the likely favourite after winning a Group 3 at Haydock four weeks ago earning a rating of 114. As a result he carries a three pounds penalty tomorrow. Glorious Journey finished third behind him beaten 2 3/4 lengths that day but is three pounds better off on this occasion. With Thanks was also in that race finishing 7th.

Lord Of The Lodge ran very well at Leopardstown last time out being narrowly denied in a Group 3. Duke Of Hazzard is a class act on his day but needs to find his form again.

Michael Bell reported today “The Lir Jet seems in excellent form. He’s come out of Ascot well. Cieren Fallon who rode him last week said he basically rode him blind because there was so much kick back so the horse didn’t have a particularly hard race. This 7 furlong Group 3 is on our doorstep, while ideally we’d like another few days between races, he’s eaten up well this week and trained well since Ascot. Hopefully he’ll run very well, this trip on decent ground is probably his optimum conditions and if he runs to his Greenham form he’ll go very close”.

The Lir Jet is currently priced around 14/1 which looks good each way value.