Hayes Thrilled With 2015 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

November 1, 2015

Hayes Thrilled With 2015 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

David Hayes was one of the big winners of the 2015 Melbourne Cup barrier draw and the leading trainer believes that both Criterion and Almoonqith will get a lovely run into the Group 1 event at Flemington on Saturday.

Co-trainer David Hayes is extremely confident that Criterion is a genuine winning chance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

Co-trainer David Hayes is extremely confident that Criterion is a genuine winning chance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

There was plenty of pressure on Ben Hayes when he was sent up to select the Melbourne Cup barrier for Criterion, with barriers four, 22 and 24, the only gates left, but he did not disappoint his father and secured barrier four.

Criterion is arguably taking as strong a form as any horse into the Melbourne Cup following his win in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 10 and his second place finish behind Winx in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24 and Hayes believes that barrier four will give the Sebring entire the best possible chance to run out a strong 3200 metres.

“I was really worried when we had a 66% chance of drawing the outside (22 or 24) with three barriers left so when he drew barrier four that was ideal and with the way the track’s playing it’s the perfect barrier,” Hayes said.

“With that weight (57kg) and the query at the distance he needs a cushy run.

“He’s a weight-for-age horse that relaxes, he’ll get a beautiful run now and Michael’s just got to time his run and he’ll be there at some stage in the straight.

“If it was to rain, Criterion is as good of a wet-tracker as I’ve trained.”

Hayes also has Almoonqith in the 2015 Melbourne Cup field and the imported stayer also fared well at the Melbourne Cup barrier draw after being allocated barrier ten.

Almoonqith has been plagued by poor barriers since he finished a luckless sixth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on September 19 and Hayes was thrilled to finally draw a gate with the galloper that he believes can become the first horse since Dunaden in 2011 to complete the Geelong Cup/Melbourne Cup double.

“It’s the first decent barrier since I’ve trained him and he should get a lovely run,” Hayes said.

“If you draw out it’s not impossible but there’s a chance that you could get caught wide at the first bend and I think if you did the stats on horses that are caught wide at that first bend, not many win.

“Almoonqith’s absolutely thriving.

“If I was against Almoonqith I’d be very worried about him with the way he won at Geelong.

“I wouldn’t swap my pair for anyone’s horses.

“They’re sound, they’ve had great preparations and we’re quietly confident that we’re going to go pretty close.”

Criterion is currently available at 2015 Melbourne Cup odds of $15 in the betting market with Ladbrokes, while Almoonqith is priced at $16 to record the biggest win of his racing career to date.

Check out the full Melbourne Cup 2015 betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au where placing a Melbourne Cup bet will see you enter their outstanding Melbourne Cup Prize Draw.

Every unique bet you place on the Melbourne Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au gets you another entry into the prize draw, which includes a 2015 Ford Ranger 4×4; 2015 Aquamaster Open Boat; or 2015 Honda CRF250L Motorbike.

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

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

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...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The E...

In Her Time Targets 2018 The Everest After Brisbane Winter

It is shaping-up as a huge year for Benjamin Smith’s class mare In Her Time...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

All Aged to The Everest 2018 for Trapeze Artist

The world’s richest race on turf, the 2018 The Everest, will be firmly on the...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

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