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Full Field Expected for Canadian International
Sunday's Pattison Canadian International Probables
Grade I, 1 1/2 mile on the turf
Arctic Cosmos/Rachel Hood & Robin Geffen/John Gosden/William Buick
Bronze Cannon/Ramzan Kadyrov/Herman Brown/Tom Queally
Celtic Conviction/Dura Racing & M.J. Doyle Racing Stable/Mike Doyle/Emile Ramsammy
Joshua Tree/Nabouda & Albahou/Marco Botti/Adam Kirby
Kara’s Orientation/Max Berketa & Pinnacle Racing/Steven Chircop/Joel Rosario
Laureate Conductor/Bear Stables Ltd./Mike DePaulo/Luis Contreras
Mikhail Glinka/ Ramzan Kadyrov/Herman Brown/Bernard Fayd’Herbe
Mores Wells/Catherine O’Flynn/Mikel Delzangles/Sebastien Maillot
Musketier/Stella Perdomo/Roger Attfield/John Velazquez
Quest For Peace/OTI Racing/Luca Cumani/Kieren Fallon
Rahystrada/Robert Courtney Jr./Byron Hughes/Julien Leparoux
Redwood/Juddmonte Farms/Charles Hills/Michael Hills
Sarah Lynx/Mrs. Robert Ehrnrooth/John Hammond/Christophe Soumillon
Simmard/Atttfield & Werner/Roger Attfield/Patrick Husbands
Stormy Lord/Hat Trick Stable and Kinghaven Farms/Ian Black/Justin Stein
Treasure Beach/Smith, Tabor & Magnier/Aidan O’Brien/Colm O’Donoghue
Arrived Monday night:
Quest For Peace
Arrived Tuesday night:
Expected Wednesday night:
Sarah Lynx Only Likely Filly
While trainer John Hammond says the decision isn’t final, Sarah Lynx is very likely to be the first filly to run in the 1 1/2-mile Pattison Canadian International since Kastoria in 2006.
The 1 1/4-mile E.P. Taylor has long been the International’s filly and mare counterpart, but Hammond says he thinks longer distance is more suitable for the four-year-old Montjeu filly.
“She’s more a mile and a half than a mile and a quarter horse,” he said. “Obviously it’s tougher because we’re going against colts, but we’ll get the jockey we want to for the International, too.”
Top French rider Christophe Soumillon, a go-to jockey for Hammond, will get the call.
Soumillion guided Sarah Lynx to a Group 2 score against fillies and mares at Deauville over soft turf in August, but she was fourth to top mare Galikova and eventual Arc runner-up Shareta in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille over soft ground last time out under Frankie Dettori.
The Irish-bred has two wins for Finnish owner Robert Ehrnrooth.
The last filly to win the Pattison Canadian International was Infamy in 1988.
Stormy Lord Steps Up
Stormy Lord, a diminutive son of Stormy Atlantic, will make his grade I debut in the PCI.
The four-year-old Ian Black trainee arrives in the International fresh off a length and a quarter victory in the President’s Cup at Parx - an event initially tabbed for recently retired stablemate Rahy’s Attorney.
“That was a big step for Stormy Lord because it came at a time when we lost our two stable stars, Rahy’s Attorney and Fifty Proof,” said assistant trainer Skippy Bowen. “We let ‘Stormy’ jump into the race, and he performed better than expectations. He rated off the pace, which was great to see him do.”
Bowen expects that Stormy Lord, who boasts seven victories in 19 starts and more than $800,000 in earnings, will look for a repeat of his patient Parx performance on Sunday.
“One thing I think we have going for us is that there doesn’t look to be a ton of speed in the race other than Kara’s Orientation,” said Bowen. “So, we should be able to sit second and third in there and run our own race. It’s just a matter of if we’re good enough.”
This will mark the second-consecutive year that Black has an entry in the International. In 2010, the imposing Fifty Proof finished fifth over an E.P Taylor Turf Course rated as ‘good’, and this time around the barn won’t mind if a little rain spoils the party. But rain isn't in the forecast.
Quest for Peace in for New Connections
Trainer Luca Cumani will attempt to win his second Pattison Canadian International when he sends lightly-raced Quest For Peace to the post only two weeks after his most recent race.
It was 1988 that Cumani saddled favoured British-bred Infamy to victory, the last female to win the International. Now, it’s an Irish-bred 3-year-old son of champion Galileo who will carry his hopes.
Quest For Peace, purchased this summer from Mrs. John Magnier and trainer Aidan O’Brien by OTI Racing, an Australian syndicate, won the first race in his new colours, the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge, Oct. 1 at Ascot, holding off favoured Arctic Cosmos by two lengths in the mile and one-half contest.
Now, both colts will face each other again, at the same distance, only this time in Canada. Both are expected to take plenty of support.
“It’s a little bit tight, but it’s been done before,” said Cumani., who sent out Infamy on a similar time frame when she won the International. “He’s a medium-sized horse, very well put together, great mover and very sensible, very intelligent. He knows enough. He’s not green. He prefers fast ground. He can be anywhere in the race, but you’ll need a little luck as well.”