He was the boom horse two years ago but after 16 starts without a win, in Criaderas is off to a new stable.
The six-year-old was purchased by Cody Morgan for $155,000 in the latest English Online Auction which concluded on Wednesday.
There was plenty of buzz about Criaderas when he won four of his first five starts, showing an electric turn of foot as he swept home from back in the field.
He quickly progressed to stakes races. finishing third, beaten half-a-length by Greysful Glamor in the 2020 Villiers and returned in the autumn with a second to Think It Over, beaten a head, in the Liverpool City Cup.
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He subsequently became a source of frustration for punters with some near misses, but ultimately failing to reach the heights promised by his earlier performances.
That has led to his departure from the powerful Godolphin stable Tamworth-based Morgan.
Races such as the Country Championships and the Kosciuszko have given country-based trainers the opportunity to compete for big riches and it’s another recent initiative, the Big Dance, which Morgan is eyeing off.
The Big Dance has coped with some criticism, with leading Sydney trainers dominating the country cups to qualify, but Morgan is taking the ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’ mantra in acquiring a city-class galloper.
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“I’ve bought a lot of horses off Godolphin and he’s probably the most well-credentialed horse we’ve bought off them,” Morgan said of Criaderas.
“Unless you’re buying horses at this end of the market, it’s very difficult to get a run in it (The Big Dance). So if you can’t beat them, join them.”
“I’m very thankful he’s coming to our stable and gives us a chance to run in some of the big country cups next year.”
One more bid on Wednesday would’ve seen the son of Lonhro heading to another stable.
“That was us (done). We were going to $150,000 and that one more (bid) got us over the line, but that was us all out.”
Morgan has enjoyed past success with ex-Godolphin gallopers, with the likes of Unbiased, Anethole give Ligulate turning out to be terrific money-spinners for their new connections.
“You’re not going to improve them, so you’ve just got to place them to the best of their ability,” he said.
Criaderas, who finished third a fortnight back at Newcastle behind Rondino at Benchmark 88 level, will have a break, with Morgan to map out what 2023 will look like for the six-year-old.
“There’s a fair bit of planning that goes into it.”
“Naturally, you want to try and qualify if you can in the first half of the year because you can then pull up stumps and give him the best lead-up into the Big Dance.
There was one horse that topped Criaderas in the November Late Sale, with Basquiat sold for $290,000.
The son of Snitzel was a $1.9 million purchase as a yearling,
Trained by Chris WallerBasquiat has had 10 starts for one win and $150,150 in prize money.
He’s now set to head to Singapore, having finished ninth in the Spring Stakes at Newcastle at his most recent start.