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No Cups For Criterion

Tuesday, 19th August 2014

The typical program for Derby winners at this time of year usually involves a step up into open company and a tilt at the feature Cups, namely the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup, but Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) will bypass those time-honoured events to concentrate on the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 25 October, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainer David Payne says he does not believe his Australian Derby winner would be competitive in those big races against the seasoned European-bred stayers, so has decided to restrict the son of Sebring to a distance of 2000m. "He won the Derby on class," said Payne. "They do that as three-year-olds, but I think he is too brilliant and the Cox Plate is his race." He added, "He is a 2000 metre horse and that will be as far as he runs from now on." The New Zealand-bred Criterion, who is raced by Sir Owen Glenn, will resume this Saturday in the Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

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