Retired stud Criterion’s son Yardstick wins at Canterbury

Australian Derby winner and Melbourne Cup placegetter Criterion’s short-lived career as a stallion due to fertility issues looks to be an even bigger loss after his son Yardstick won at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Criterion stood at stud for three seasons but is credited with just 19 offspring, including the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott-trained Yardstick, who is part-owned by Criterion’s Sir Owen Glenn.

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Bought by Dean Watt’s Dynamic Syndications for $160,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling sale, Yardstick got the seal of approval from jockey Nash Rawiller after his win.

“He’s a ripping colt,’’ Rawiller said.

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Chris Waller is in line to win the last stakes race of the season for a sixth time on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.

Waller, who will secure his 10th trainers’ premiership on July 31, has won five of the seven Winter Challenge Stakes races.

He will saddle up three runners in the 1500m feature — Order Again, Dealmaker and 2018 Queensland and Hawkesbury Guineas winner Sambro.

Trainer Chris Waller loves a strong finish. Picture: Mark Evans/GettySource:Getty Images

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Ten-time Group 1 winner Melody Belle will resume in the first stakes race of the 2020-21 season, while Te Akau Shark will soon head home to New Zealand for the next phase of his recovery.

Te Akau Shark is recuperating at Lime Country Farm, formerly known as Think Big Stud, in the NSW Southern Highlands after an operation on his eye last month.

“He’ll come home to New Zealand in about three or four weeks and have a spell, then we will assess the situation with his eye and hopefully he can come back into work,’’ Te Akau Stud principal David Ellis said.

Te Akau Shark will head home to New Zealand. Picture: Mark Evans/GettySource:Getty Images

“We would like to give him a race in January then bring him back to Sydney or Melbourne in February/March.’’

Ellis has no plans to retire Melody Belle, who will make her first visit to Rosehill on ­August 8 for the Missile Stakes.

“She is going really well,’’ Ellis said. “The plan is to race her all season.’’

Originally published as‘Ripping colt’: Criterion’s son a chip off the old block

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