Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2015: Criterion fills David Hayes with confidence for Randwick feature   Leave a comment

Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2015: Criterion fills David Hayes with confidence for Randwick feature

Criterion, left, is ready to peak in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes after finishing second to

Criterion, left, is ready to peak in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes after finishing second to Real Impact in the George Ryder Stakes last month. Source: Getty Images

DAVID Hayes is growing in confidence that Criterion can beat an international field in Saturday’s $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Criterion, winner of last year’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and ATC Australian Derby, heads into the 2000m feature on the back of a slashing second behind Japan’s Real Impact in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

The Ryder form was confirmed on Monday when Real Impact finished second to Kermadec in $3 million Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Kermadec was an unlucky third in the Ryder.

“We had a trial and used a blanket on him at the barriers because he has been slowly away,” Hayes said. “He jumped out and was very impressive. I think he is up to his best trip, the (slow/heavy) track will be perfect for him and I am starting to get excited about his prospects.”

He was delighted with barrier four and believes jockey Craig Williams should have the winner of more than $3.2 million from 25 starts in the firing line throughout.

David Hayes is excited about Criterion’s chances on Saturday. Picture: Gregg Porteous

David Hayes is excited about Criterion’s chances on Saturday. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

Criterion showed his class when beaten only a length into third place in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at his first outing for Hayes on December 14.

Hayes also will be represented by Spillway, winner of the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at his last start. He drew barrier six.

“He has held his form and he too will be competitive,” Hayes said of the $26 chance, who will be ridden by Michael Walker.

$4 million QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (2000m)

Randwick, Saturday 4.35pm

1. CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea James McDonald 13 59kg

2. CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 4 59kg

3. HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Damien Oliver 9 59kg

4. RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop —— 3 59kg

5. FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 7 59kg

6. BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 59kg

7. SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 6 59kg

8. AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 2 59kg

9. ADELAIDE (IRE) Chris Waller Ryan Moore 12 58.5kg

10. TO THE WORLD (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee Zac Purton 5 58.5kg

11. TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee Tommy Berry 11 58.5kg

12. ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Joao Moreira 10 57kg

13. LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 8 57kg

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Originally published as Hayes warms to Criterion’s chances

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Posted April 8, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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