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QE Stakes quinella pair set off together for Hong Kong

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Melbourne
QE Stakes pair set off for Hong Kong

Craig Williams steers Criterion home to take out the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.Source: Getty Images

Having run the quinella in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, Criterion and Red Cadeaux are to be travelling companions when they fly out to Hong Kong today.

And they will continue their rivalry in the Group I QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on April 26.

Criterion was an easy winner of the $4 million finale of The Championships, Sydney’s festival of Group I racing incorporating the Easter yearling sale.

Red Cadeaux had an interrupted passage and trainer Ed Dunlop and jockey Kerrin McEvoy were firm in their belief that had he been in clear air before the home turn, the nine-year-old might have tested the winner.

Dunlop flew back to England yesterday but took time out to tweet a message during a stopover detailing future plans.

“Hi from Abu Dhabi!! RC will now run next in HK in QE II. Thank you to all that looked after him and my team so well in AUS. We will be back,” Dunlop tweeted.

Red Cadeaux will be set to run in his fifth Melbourne Cup in Nov­ember. Criterion’s owner Owen Glenn and co-trainer David Hayes are keen to go to Royal Ascot with the four-year-old.

“He will run in either the Prince of Wales’s Stakes over 2000m or the mile race (Queen Anne Stakes),” Hayes said. “He ran so well in Hong Kong in December that we want to take him there again.”

Protectionist came out of the Sydney Cup very much the worse for wear and it was amazing he was able to complete the race at all after damaging all four bumpers (at the bottom of the fetlocks).

We’re sending him for scin­tigraphy tests in the next few days, hopefully it’s nothing serious,” Lees said. “To rip your bumpers off like that suggests he’s lost his ­action in some way.’’

ATC Sires Produce Stakes winner Pride Of Dubai will not run in Saturday’s $400,000 Champagne Stakes at Randwick.

Trainer Peter Moody has freshened Dissident for the All-Aged Stakes, which will attract a hot field, including Chautauqua, Terravista, Wandjina, Lucky Hussler and Shooting To Win.

Additional reporting: AAP

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Posted April 13, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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