‘It’s Criterion’s Year To Win Cup’ Says Confident David Hayes

David Hayes is confident Criterion (Sebring) is ready to score a first win in Hong Kong at the third time of asking after the five-year-old was among three Australian-trained runners confirmed for next month’s Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin.

The four-time Group One winner had a first start for Hayes and Tom Dabernig in last year’s Hong Kong Cup (Gr 1, 2000m), finishing third before filling the same position in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) at the same course in April.

Speaking to ANZ Bloodstock News after the Hong Kong Jockey Club confirmed Criterion will once again line up in the Hong Kong Cup on 13 December, Hayes was in no mood to play down his charge’s chances.

“He’s come third twice in Hong Kong, so it’s his year,” Hayes said.

“I think he’s in better form than last year. His form is far superior than what it was and he’s a real chance I think.”

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