In the biggest race of The Championships, the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion proved himself to be the best middle-distance horse in the land with a convincing victory in the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Hayes said he rarely went into a big race as confident and star jockey Craig Williams rode the Sebring four-year-old like he was the best horse in the event.
He had to beat a quality field which included Royal Descent, Spillway, Lucia Valentina, Adelaide and international raiders Red Cadeaux, Tosen Stardom and To The World which was sent out a $3.90 favourite.
But the Japanese star didn’t handle the rain-affected ground as Criterion, winner of the ATC Derby at The Championships a year earlier, broke clear of the field to win by 2 ½ lengths from a fast-finishing Red Cadeaux.


Sebring - Mica's Pride (by Bite The Bullet (USA))

Winner – Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2015
Trainer David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
Jockey Craig Williams
Prizemoney Won $2,400,000
Lifetime Performance as at 01 December 2015
STARTS 1st 2nd 3rd
32 7 7 6

Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Race Replays 
2015 Winner Criterion, 2nd Red Cadeaux (GB), 3rd Royal Descent
Time/Track 2-05.35 (Soft 7)            

Criterion (NZ)   Sebring More Than Ready (USA) Southern Halo (USA)
Woodman's Girl (USA)
Purespeed Flying Spur
Lady Moulin
Mica's Pride Bite The Bullet (USA) Spectacular Bid (USA)
Lassie's Lady (USA)
Gainesville (CAN) Afleet (CAN)
Adarling (CAN)