Criterion comes up with inside barrier for Australian Derby

By: Mark Mazzaglia
April 8th, 2014

The David Payne trained Criterion remains the clear cut favourite for the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby(2400m) at Randwick on Saturday after coming up with the inside gate at tonight’s barrier draw.

Criterion remains the clear favourite for the Australian Derby after drawing the inside gate.

Criterion remains the clear favourite for the Australian Derby after drawing the inside gate. Photo by Steve Hart.

The in-form Hugh Bowman stuck to the inside on Criterion when he beat Thunder Fantasy in the Group 1 $500,000 TAB.com.au Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill on March 29 and he might have to repeat those tactics on Saturday.

Payne said that Criterion had finally matured into a strong three year old after he won the Rosehill Guineas and the extra distance of the Australian Derby won’t be a problem.

“He is just becoming mature,” Payne said after his Rosehill Guineas win.

“You have to leave him alone, he is a horse that you can’t bustle.”

“He was ridden upside down the other day, he over raced. He will be winning the Derby hopefully.”

The Anthony Cummings trained Thunder Fantasy wasn’t treated too badly and came up with barrier eight with Damien Oliver sticking with the Lucky Owners colt.

Matamata trainer Peter McKay is hoping for dry track for New Zealand Derby winner Puccini who will jump from gate 11 with Craig Williams taking over from Michael Walker.

Puccini was sent out the equal favourite for the Rosehill Guineas but lost all chance when his saddle slipped forward in the early stages and ended up sharing the lead with Shamus Award and faded to finish twelfth to Criterion.

Teronado from the Bruce Hill’s Gold Coast stable has been racing consistently during the Autumn Carnival and will get every chance from barrier ten.

Criag Newitt will be aboard the Testa Rossa three year old again after partnering him at his last four starts including his last start third to Criterion in the Rosehill Guineas.

Peter Moody will saddle up two runners in the Australian Derby with the Crime Fighter (Luke Nolen) drawing well at barrier five while Cadillac Mountain (Chad Schofield) didn’t fair so well and will jump from gate sixteen in the eighteen horse field.

Golden Slipper winning jockey James McDonald will be sticking with the John O’Shea trained Savvy Nature who will jump from gate twelve.

Ladbrokes.com.au have Criterion marked as the $3.60 favourite for the Australian Derby  ahead of Puccini and Thunder Fantasy at $7.50, Teronado at $10 and Savvy Nature at $12.

2014 Australian Derby Field And Barrier Draw

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 00224×4281 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne Hugh Bowman 1 56.5kg 100
2 3514141110 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay Craig Williams 11 56.5kg 105
3 11593×1382 THUNDER FANTASY Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver 8 56.5kg 99
4 312310×374 SAVVY NATURE (NZ) John O’Shea James McDonald 12 56.5kg 96
5 4125×35543 TERONADO Bruce W Hill Craig Newitt 10 56.5kg 77
6 1x2131x700 KOROIBETE Gerald Ryan Damian Browne 6 56.5kg 81
7 1151×7637 SURGE AHEAD Anthony Cummings Zac Purton 15 56.5kg 78
8 3x513x6351 GALLATIN Peter Snowden Nash Rawiller 17 56.5kg 70
9 x4444x5855 HOOKED John P Thompson Blake Shinn 3 56.5kg 77
10 124144×153 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 13 56.5kg 73
11 5x0170x611 CRIME FIGHTER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 56.5kg 73
12 x21925x309 TUPAC AMARU Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 56.5kg 70
13 2868×61012 SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses Tim Clark 2 56.5kg 63
14 2419×128 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Peter G Moody Chad Schofield 16 56.5kg
15 66×5100212 SOLO SAGA Bevan Laming Jim Cassidy 14 56.5kg
16 3310×31434 MOUNTAIN VIEW (NZ) John Sargent Joao Moreira 18 56.5kg 68
17 x14579x961 SURGING WAVE David Hayes Michael Rodd 9 56.5kg
18 870×003305 HERESDECASINO Neville & Christopher Voigt 7 56.5kg 52

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