Criterion wins weight for age race

SIMPLY EFFORTLESS: Euroa-trained galloper Criterion dominated the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick last weekend, winning the $4 million race. PHOTO: RacingandSports

THE stunning win by Euroa-trained galloper Criterion in Australia’s richest weight-for-age race last Saturday notched up Lindsay Park’s second Group 1 success in less than a month.

The seemingly effortless win by the impressive chestnut stallion in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick followed the stable’s breakthrough Group 1 win in the Australian Cup with Spillway on March 14.

But it’s with Criterion, the winner of Saturday’s $4 million race, that trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig plan to take on the racing world.

The four-year-old galloper has arrived in Hong Kong where he’ll contest the QE11 Cup at Sha Tin later this month before boarding a plane bound for Royal Ascot.

The trainers are yet to settle on a race for the stallion but have narrowed it down to the Queen Anne Stakes over 1600m or the 2000m Prince of Wales Stakes.

The recent Group 1 glory signals of a change of fortune for the famous colors of Lindsay Park.

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