Criterion comes fifth at Royal Ascot in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes   Leave a comment

Criterion comes fifth at Royal Ascot in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

“I thought it was a pass mark without raving,” Hayes said of Criterion’s 3.5-length fifth. “You come to England, it normally rains doesn’t it. But he’s a sound horse and I thought he was game because it looked like he was going to get beaten a good margin. He kept kicking back, he was OK.”

Criterion was given a pass mark at Royal Ascot by David Hayes.

Criterion was given a pass mark at Royal Ascot by David Hayes. Source: News Corp Australia

DAVID Hayes gave Criterion a pass mark after the Australian star finished fifth to Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2000m) at Royal Ascot.

Unsettled in the parade ring where he pigrooted pre-race, Criterion settled second behind Australian-owned Gailo Chop before losing touch and then making a late rally.

ustralian trainer David Hayes with Criterion at Ascot racecourse.

ustralian trainer David Hayes with Criterion at Ascot racecourse. Source: Getty Images

Chad Schofield praised Criterion’s tigerish qualities as Free Eagle held off The Grey Gatsby by half a head.

“He put himself right in the race and he had cover the whole way,” Schofield said.

“The leader (Gailo Chop) rolled off the fence and gave me a beautiful run up through on the inside.

“He came off the bridle nicely like he was going to sprint and be right in the finish.

“Then he sort of peaked on his run a bit but I thought he was brave to keep battling the way he did.”

Competing at Royal Ascot for the first time since Nicconi’s fourth in the 2010 King’s Stand Stakes, Hayes hoped to strike a blow for Australia’s middle distance ranks.

He said he would consider a return to the royal meeting.

Criterion at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. Picture: Colleen Petch.

Criterion at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. Picture: Colleen Petch. Source: News Corp Australia

Gailo Chop, owned by Simon O’Donnell and Terry Henderson’s OTI Racing, faded to eighth.

Free Eagle, Gailo Chop, Spielberg are among those invitees to the Cox Plate in October.

Australia’s final hopes of notching its first Royal Ascot victory since Black Caviar’s dramatic 2012 success now rest with Brazen Beau and Wandjina in Saturday’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m).

US trainer Wesley Ward extended his stunning Royal Ascot with Acapulco in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes (1000m).

Ridden by Ryan Moore, the filly notched Ward’s fifth career win at the meeting.

Originally published as Criterion comes fifth at Royal Ascot

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Posted June 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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