Murwillumbah Christmas Cup Field – 2015

The Final Field has been released for the 2015 Christmas Cup which is to be run at Murwillumbah on Friday 11th, December 2015 at 0:00PM. View the Christmas Cup Field.

1HI SONG6David Kelly163.5kg
2SPATHAG7Maryann Brosnan260kg
3SIGMUNDG6Stephen Lee357.5kg
4REPO ZESTG5Matthew Dunn454kg
5LITTLE LONG HORNG6Kelly Doughty554kg
6ANNA LIZZIEM6Danny J Bougoure658.5kg
7KWANZAG5Louise White754.5kg
8CONNOLLYG6Sharon Pepper854kg
9LOGICAL OUTCOMEG6Carolyn Halliday954kg


Trainer David Hayes declared the more kilometres Criterion travels the better he races as the entire prepares for another chance at Hong Kong Cup glory.

“Travel really build character with some horses,” Hayes said.

“I think that is the case with Criterion.

“It’s enhanced his career and he continues to rate better with every run.”

Criterion is on his third trip to Hong Kong in 12 months, having run third in last year’s Cup before filling the same placing in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in April.

In between Criterion won the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick and afterwards the five-year-old campaigned in England and returned to Australia to win the Caulfield Stakes ahead of his Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup placings.

“A trip does stimulate most horses,” Hayes said.

“Most perform well, if not better, when you get them home and I’m always happy to travel if you’ve got the right horse.”

Criterion was sent over 1200m on Sha Tin’s turf track on Tuesday morning and gave jockey Craig Williams no reason to doubt his Cup claims.

“He was so relaxed compared to the last time he was here in April,” Williams said. “He quickened up nicely over the last 200 metres and he recovered in 30 seconds.”

There is growing confidence from Kris Lees that Lucia Valentina will run a forward race in the Cup.

“She has eaten up well since she arrived and she’s in good order,” Lees said.

“We understand she has a tough assignment on Sunday but this race has been in the back of my mind for some time and she was back in form last start.”

Lucia Valentina also galloped over 1200m, rounding off her work in 23.9 seconds for the final 400m.

Sydney jockey Tommy Berry has picked up a ride in the Hong Kong Vase aboard Harbour Master, a late addition to the field.

The John Moore-trained gelding has gained a start following the withdrawal of German filly Lovelyn because of a soft tissue injury.

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