Three years on from running sixth in the Golden Slipper Stakes as a three-year-old at Rosehill, the now David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion returns to the meeting as the headline acceptor for Saturday’s Ranvet Stakes 2016 field.
There are five elite levels on the Golden Slipper Day card at Rosehill Gardens on the weekend including the $700,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) that runs as Race 4 at 2:30pm (AEDT).
This year the field features just nine weight-for-age hopefuls, two up from the seven-starter line-up last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Lindsay Park’s Hayes & Dabernig saddle-up two hopes, co-trainer Hayes looking for a second win after his success way back in 1990 with Better Loosen Up.
Four-time Group 1 winner Criterion was runner-up in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) over less distance on this day 12 months ago, and returns tackling his first Ranvet Stakes field.
He proved himself as a genuine staying type in the spring with a Cox Plate second to Winx and shock third in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington.
Returning this time in he failed to beat home any other runner when seventh to Holler in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), an effort he’s out to atone for over more distance on Saturday from barrier three with his Melbourne Cup hoop Michael Walker in the saddle.
Criterion has a strong Rosehill record of three wins, two seconds and a third from nine runs at the track to date and is tipped to improve second-up.
He is joined in the line-up by stablemate Dibayani who gets the inside run from barrier one, which last produced a Ranvet Stakes winner in Zavite (2011), with Blake Shinn in the saddle.
The imported Shamardal six-year-old ran an eye-catching second to Chris Waller’s champion mare Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 27 from the same inside alley, a race that produced last year’s Ranvet Stakes winner Contributer (2015) who completed the double.
The other best out of the Chipping Norton backing up in the Ranvet Stakes this Saturday is the John O’Shea-trained Hauraki for last year’s winning stable.
Jockey James McDonald shoots for successive Ranvet Stakes winning rides this autumn replacing Sam Clipperton in the saddle of Godolphin’s Reset four-year-old Hauraki, who also ran third to Winx first-up in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).
Heading the Ranvet Stakes field numbers-wise however is Waller with a trio of hopefuls: Weary (9), Storm The Stars (8) and Kool Company (6).
Craig Williams jumps on imported four-year-old stallion Kool Company who is tested over the distance for the first time on the back of a strong fourth behind It’s Somewhat in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) when beaten under two lengths only last Saturday at the track.
Seven-time Ranvet Stakes winning trainer Gai Waterhouse, whose last winner was Theseo (2009-10), meanwhile shoots for her eighth success this year saddling-up Bohemian Lily in barrier five with Tommy Berry on the O’Reilly mare.
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2016 Ranvet Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 4 (2:30pm) – 19/03/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||35x61239x7||CRITERION (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||3||59kg||115|
|2||151x7431x0||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||4||59kg||114|
|3||x0x3399x42||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Blake Shinn||1||59kg||107|
|4||12x0728x33||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||2||59kg||106|
|5||x122610x52||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||7||59kg||105|
|6||x249000x98||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||9||59kg||102|
|7||12132314×7||STORM THE STARS (USA)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||58.5kg||110|
|8||10042x5x84||KOOL KOMPANY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||6||58.5kg||103|
|9||x692330x65||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||57kg||97|