Strong European Contingent Set For Ricoh Woodbine Mile

by | 09.12.2017 | 12:12pm
Mondialiste (inside) rallies for a victory in the Woodbine Mile.

Four of the Euro invaders for Saturday's Ricoh Woodbine Mile card arrived at Woodbine Monday evening.

Mondialiste, Arod and Dutch Connection are here for the Woodbine Mile while Capla Temptress has made the trip for Sunday's Grade 1 Natalma , a one-mile turf race which is a “Win and You're In” for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Mondialiste, a seven-year-old horse who captured the 2015 running of the Woodbine Mile and finished a troubled second in that year's Breeders' Cup Mile, is looking to earn another Breeders' Cup berth for trainer David O'Meara.

“I'm very lucky to travel over again with this fellow,” said traveling head lad Fearghal Davis.

“He's been a superstar. He's in great form; we're very happy with him. He loves these trips.”

Arod ran in last year's Woodbine Mile, beaten a total of just two lengths in a fifth-place finish. The six-year-old horse is in a different barn this time, however, as he will be making his first start for trainer David Simcock.

“He seems to have traveled over very well,” said traveling head lad Ian Russell. “It's all systems go.”

Dutch Connection is coming off a sharp score in the Group 3, seven-furlong Supreme Stakes at Goodwood. The five-year-old horse's five career wins all have come at that distance.

“He wants the faster side of good ground,” said Geoff Snook, traveling head lad for trainer Charlie Hills. “That's why he's here.”

Capla Temptress, winner of her first two starts in England before finishing third in the Group 3 Solara Stakes over seven furlongs, was accompanied by traveling head lad Mario Gussago.

“She's beautiful,” said Gussago. “She travels beautifully; she doesn't give us any problems.

“Even before the Solara, we were already planning to come to Woodbine for this Group 1.”

Aidan O'Brien's Woodbine Mile raiders Deauville and Lancaster Bomber are slated to arrive this afternoon.

  • Ida Lee

    With me, it started with Goldikova….went nuts over this girl….started noticing the “foreigners” more and more and now, love them just like our very own …. looking forward to seeing how Mondialiste (such a pretty boy) …and Capla Temptress are going to do …..

    • Blue Larkspur

      Not to mention that the European horses tend to be more refined and less looking like what a quarter horse trainer wants to see in a horse

      • Ida Lee

        The South American and Japanese horses that have competed here are also fun to watch and are full of talent and charisma….I haven’t noticed the refined thing since most TBs look so impossibly delicate….now, the great equine loves of my life, Secretariat and Curlin, aside from their all-around gorgeousness, looked a bit more sturdy …. both in some photos looked compact and powerful, like quarter horses….and when I saw Animal Kingdom this past March, he had that sturdy quarter horse look about him ….

        • Ida, when looking at male horses that eventually go to stud, one must see them when they are dead fit and make their best judgment then, not after they have served mares.

          • Ida Lee

            Barry, you’re trying to tell me something but I’m not sure what it is …. of course, the racing TB, like any competing athlete, looks his best physically when competing…When talking about Secretariat and Curlin, I was talking about them when they were racing and believe me, I not only saw all their races, but have enough photos of them to open an exhibit….as to Animal Kingdom….I was talking about how he looks now…but he’s in beautiful shape and looks like the gorgeous and powerful athlete he was when competing ….. I will concede though that what I see when looking at these boys is not the same thing others might see….but then that’s OK right ???

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