Deauville and Lancaster Bomber, both trained by Aidan O'Brien, enjoyed an easy canter over the Woodbine Tapeta ahead of their start in Saturday's Ricoh Woodbine Mile, a Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' event boasting an $800,000 purse.
“They went very good. Really, they're just stretching their legs. They've done all their work before they came here,” said assistant T.J. Comerford. “This was their third day out on the track and they're looking good.”
Comerford is pleased with the local facilities with both horses making their first start in Canada.
“We're very well looked after here. Everything is top class and it's a great place to come racing,” said Comerford.
Deauville, the 5-1 morning line favorite for the Mile, will be cutting back to a one-turn mile following his recent third in the 10-furlong Grade 1 Arlington Million.
“He's run in the Arlington Million the past two years and finished third both times. He just seems to run out of gas coming up to the winning post and gets nabbed. He looks like he has it put to bed and just gets caught,” said Comerford.
Comerford believes a mile may suit Deauville, particularly based on his effort in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, which was won by Ribchester who has since come back to win the Group 1 Prix du Moulin, at Chantilly.
“At Royal Ascot this year, he went in the Queen Anne over a straight mile and finished third there and I thought it was a great race. We thought the mile might be asking a lot of him but it doesn't seem to bother him,” said Comerford.
Lancaster Bomber, comes in with serious credentials as a multiple Group 1 placed 3-year-old son of War Front.
“Lancaster Bomber has taken it all very well. He comes off the track there and doesn't even sweat. He's very laid back and nothing phases him,” said Comerford.
The talented bay, who finished a closing second last year in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will carry just 112 pounds under rider Wayne Lordan.
“I think he's at an advantage here because he's getting a weight allowance and he's in great order. We're very happy with him,” said Comerford. “He'll take to the hard ground and he's been to a Breeders' Cup and finished second. He's done it all before, so it's not as big an ask for a 3-year-old to take on older horses when he has the experience he has.”
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