Criterion Bad Luck Barrier Draw

After winning the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Caulfield Stakes, along with finishing second in this year’s Cox Plate and third in the Melbourne Cup, Criterion’s connections were looking to cash in with a big payday in the upcoming Hong Kong Cup. Those desires suffered a blow when Criterion had the bad luck to draw barrier 13 in the 14-horse race.

Criterion trainer David Hayes expressed disappointment over the draw, but set to work attempting to devise a plan to make the best of a bad luck situation.

Criterion’s owners have much for which to be grateful. Their New Zealand bred stallion has already collected close to $6.5 million racing in Australia and almost $10.5 million in Hong Kong.

The horse ran third in the Hong Kong Cup last year and third in the QEII Cup at Sha Tin. Both races offer more money for a third placing than was earned in the entire careers of some of the greatest horses in Australian racing history.

The high quality of the field of international horses and the poor barrier draw currently have Criterion behind Free Eagle and Designs on Rome in the betting, which could be worse but for the fact that many feel that Criterion is in the best form of his career.

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