Second Winner for Sebring
Sydney – Golden Slipper winner Sebring posted his second winner at Rosehill on Saturday when the David Payne trained colt Criterion charged home to win on debut.
A leggy chestnut, stamped in the mould of his sire, Criterion had trialled in encouraging fashion on two occasions leading into the race and was expected to give the favourite Sweet Idea a run for her money.
Ridden patiently by Glynn Schofield, Criterion accelerated smartly over the last couple of furlongs to run down Sweet Idea and win the 1100 metre juvenile event by half a length.
“He’s a very timid sort of horse and you could see it even in the yard here when he was side stepping, but once he got into the clear and knuckled down he was always going to get there,” said Glynn Scofield.
Foaled in New Zealand, Criterion is a homebred for Go Bloodstock and is a half-brother to Group II winner Varenna Miss and stakes-winner Silently being the fifth winner from five foals to race for Group III winning Bite the Bullet (USA) mare Mica’s Pride.
Criterion is the second winner for Sebring following on from Bring a Ring, who scored easily on debut at Morphettville last Saturday.
A dual Group I winning son of champion sire More Than Ready (USA), Sebring stands at a fee of $33,000.