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Sarah Lynx Rallies on Rail to win Canadian International

10/16/2011

By Dick Downey

Sarah Lynx charged up the rail in the stretch to decisively win the Grade I Pattison Canadian International. The filly prevailed by four lengths.

Sent off at 22-1 odds under top French jockey Christophe Soumillon, Sarah Lynx became the sixth female to win the International in 74 runnings and the first since Infamy in 1988. She was one of nine European-based runners to compete in the 16-horse field. Soumillon won last year’s E.P. Taylor aboard Reggane.

Last time out, the Irish-bred Sarah Lynx, a 4-year-old daughter of champion Montjeu, was fourth to Galikova in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille Sept. 11 at Longchamp.

Sarah Lynx is trained by John Hammond and owned by Mrs. Robert Ehrnhooth.

Timed in 2:34.90 for the 1 1/2 mile over a yielding turf course--over nine seconds off the track record--Sarah Lynx settled in midpack while saving ground by the rail. Soumillon patiently waited, and a hole opened at the top of the stretch as multiple heads turned for home in a cavalry-charge type of configuration.

Sarah Lynx quickly sprinted away from field and was three lengths clear with a furlong left in the race.

Out of Steel Princess, by Danehill, Sarah Lynx was bred by Grangecon Stud.

She paid $46.90 to win and earned $900,000 Canadian, $891,090 in U.S. funds.

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