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Criterion To Do NZ Proud: Sir Owen

Wednesday, 17th June 2015

Sir Owen Glenn is adamant that victory by Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite The Bullet) in tomorrow's Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot will be a win for his native New Zealand, reports NZ Racing Desk. Speaking from England, Sir Owen was in a positive mood ahead of the time-honoured Prince Of Wales's Stakes (10 furlongs) which is scheduled to run at 1:20am Thursday AEST (3:20am NZ time). "I've just been out to see him at Newmarket and he looks great," Sir Owen said. "He's in fine fettle. His coat has got an amazing shine, he's eating well and he's bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Chad Schofield, who will ride him in the race, has been riding him in his fast work and Ben Hayes, our trainer David Hayes' son has ridden him in his slow work." He added: "He's settled in really well and if anything he's even a bit quieter than normal. He's in perfect condition - he's ready for it." Bred and raced by Sir Owen, Criterion has won six of his 26 starts and earned more than $6 million prize money. "I'm a Kiwi, so I'd say he's a Kiwi horse," Sir Owen said. "He's done all his racing in Australia but he was born and bred in Matamata. I'd love to see him win for New Zealand. He's been backed in from 16-1 to 7-1 over here and I'd be surprised if he doesn't start shorter." He added: "I couldn't be more pleased with him. He's taken to English conditions with aplomb."

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