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.

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