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Criterion Settles In At Lindsay Park
Trainer David Hayes says he is happy with the condition of new stable recruit Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) as he begins preparations for next month's Gr1 Hong Kong Cup (200m) at Sha Tin, reports racingandsports.com.au. The Australian Derby winner was transferred from the Sydney stable of David Payne to the Lindsay Park team of Hayes and Tom Dabernig following his fifth place finish in the Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day. "He arrived in good condition and very fit as he had had two runs in a week in the best races in Australia. I was very happy with the way he arrived," Hayes told Sky Sports Radio. "We put him under saddle for the first time yesterday (Tuesday) and were basically just getting to know him. We will make a decision which race in Hong Kong we will go for, but I am probably leaning to the 2000m as he was trained for in the past." Hayes added, "He is a classic winning mile and a half Derby winner, but I think I would rather train him for 2000m. I think Sir Owen (Glenn) is hoping he can be a stallion and I think 2000m would have more appeal to Australian breeders." Hayes said he would consider giving Criterion an exhibition gallop at Moonee Valley on 29 November and providing he pulled up well, would depart for Hong Kong on 1 December.