Ranvet Stakes final field and barrier draw – Criterion stars among nine acceptors

  • Criterion a 2000m star.
  • Dibayani and Hauraki bring Winx form.
  • Chris Waller with three runners.
Michael Walker riding Criterion

The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion is one of nine stayers to have accepted for Saturday’s Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens.

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Despite finishing last of seven when resuming in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick, the son of Sebring has been the most consistent 2000m performer in the country.

With Group 1 wins in the Rosehill Guineas, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Caulfield Stakes, along with 3rd placings in the QEII Cup and Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin, and a runner-up effort behind Winx in the  Cox Plate (2040m) in record time, he is sure to improve dramatically over more ground second-up.

Reigning Caulfield Cup (2400m) winner Mongolian Khan was equally disappointing first-up this campaign when finishing 11th of 12 in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) behind Winx.

He’s failed to place in two second-up runs and will be doing his best work late from barrier 4.

Chipping Norton Stakes runner-up Dibayani looks to have returned in great order and will add strength to Hayes and Dabernig’s chances of claiming the $700,000 feature.

Hauraki finished 3rd in the Chipping Norton and will jump alongside Dibayani in barrier 2, while Chris Waller’s trio of runners, Storm The Stars, Weary and Kool Company have drawn wide in barriers 8, 9 and 6 respectively.

Gai Waterhouse will be aiming for her eighth win in the event and will rely on Bohemian Lily.

The United States is on the quick back-up after finishing 2nd in last Saturday’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

2016 Ranvet Stakes field and barriers:

1. CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig - Michael Walker (3) 59kg
2. MONGOLIAN KHAN Murray Baker - Opie Bosson (4) 59kg
3. DIBAYANI (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig - Blake Shinn (1) 59kg
4. HAURAKI John O'Shea - James McDonald (2) 59kg
5. THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott - Kerrin McEvoy (7) 59kg
6. WEARY (FR) Chris Waller - Zac Purton (9) 59kg
7. STORM THE STARS (USA) Chris Waller - Hugh Bowman (8) 58.5kg
8. KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) Chris Waller - Craig Williams (6) 58.5kg
9. BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse - Tommy Berry (5) 57kg


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Ranvet Stakes final field and barrier draw – Criterion stars among nine acceptors

The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion is one of nine stayers to have accepted for Saturday’s Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens.

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