Criterion a Gallant Fifth in Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

June 18, 2015

Criterion a Gallant Fifth in Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

Talented Australian Criterion has laid a great account for himself at the 2015 Royal Ascot Carnival overnight; producing a commendable late kick to finish a credible fifth in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2012m).

Criterion finished fifth in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes overnight. Photo: Steve Hart

Criterion finished fifth in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes overnight. Photo: Steve Hart

Criterion received huge patriotic support in 2015 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes betting markets leading into the Ascot feature race and did his chances no harm when jumping from the gates well and settling in prime position on the heels of leader Gailo Chop.

Rounding onto the final straight in competitive position, jockey Chad Schofield led the Sebring entire forward and locked in a fierce sprint battle with the likes of Free Eagle and The Grey Gatsby but unable to maintain the tempo; hitting the line half a length off the third-placed Western Hymn.

Trainer David Hayes was pleased with Criterion’s efforts in the 2015 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and revealed he may remain in England for another start.

“He looked like he was going to get beaten by a good margin and he kept kicking back and just missed fourth,” Hayes said after the race.

“I thought it was a pass mark without raving. He was competitive but wasn’t quite good enough.

“We were thinking the Sussex Stakes which is a bit of a faster tempo mile.

“I reckon he might be a good miler here but we’ll just let the dust settle and see what we do after.”

Free Eagle beat The Grey Gatsby by the bob of a head and trainer Dermot Weld is confident he is capable of figuring on some of world racing’s grandest stages.

“This horse has bags of courage and is a hard horse to beat,” Weld said after the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

“He had a stress fracture of the tibia last year and had to miss all the Classics. We got him back for the Champion Stakes here and that was run on heavy ground.

“The plan was to start him in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, but he got a bad head cold which delayed his comeback and his work.

“Fitness was my biggest concern and I had him as good as I could have with the limited preparation he’d had.

“Today was the day, but we’ve been lucky with races like the Irish Champion Stakes and I’ve always thought the Arc would be his long-term objective.”

The 2016 Cox Plate (2040m) in late October has been underlined as Criterion’s major Spring Carnival target.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field