At Caulfield in Melbourne, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) celebrated a Gr1 success when 5YO entire Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite The Bullet) scored by 0.5-length for trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig in the $400,000 Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, over 8YO gelding Happy Trails (Good Journey-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) & 4YO entire Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor-Centafit, by Centaine). Criterion, who remarkably started at odds of $7.80 despite boasting top European form around the likes of Free Eagle and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn, took his record to 7 wins (Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 ATC Derby, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas, G2 Todman Stakes & Listed Black Opal Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Cup, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, Gr1 Canterbury Stakes, Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes & Gr1 Australian Guineas) from 30 starts for $6,352,687 earnings. Co-trainer David Hayes said he was confident that Criterion was now the horse to beat in the Gr1 Cox Plate in two weeks time. "I think he's been racing in the Olympics and he's back in the national championships now, people just don't understand how good they are over there," Hayes said referring to Europe's best horses. "I think he can win the Cox Plate...I'm pretty excited. We've left really nice improvement in him and now all we have to do is mark time until the Cox Plate."