Erupt: four-year-old's change of gear proved too much for DartmouthPICTURE: WEG/Michael Burns
Erupt's explosive turn
of foot proves decisive
Report: Canada, Sunday
Woodbine: Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1), 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
THE QUEEN was denied a first winner in Canada as Dartmouth finished second to the impressive French raider Erupt (Francis-Henri Graffard/Stephane Pasquier), who displayed a striking turn of foot to prevail in the dash to the line.
In a race run at a steady gallop, Dartmouth was well poised to strike on the heels of leader World Approval as the field turned for home, but he could not match Erupt's change of gear as the winner tracked the runner-up before charging clear.
Aidan O'Brien's quest to break the record for the most top-level wins in a year was dealt a blow as Idaho, sent off the 7-5 favourite in the nine-runner field, failed to meet expectations and was a never-threatening fifth.
Protectionist, who won the Melbourne Cup two years ago, came home last of all, but his chances were compromised by racing in rear in a steadily-run race, while he also met interference down the home straight.
Erupt's cosy one-length victory - which was achieved the day after compatriot Almanzor conquered in the Champion Stakes - was his second at the highest level, following a win in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris last year.
"I was right behind the leader and when I asked him, he gave a very good turn of foot," winning rider Pasquier said. "I didn't have to ask him so much.
"I feel that I had a lot of gas, actually. It went easily."
Pasquier also suggested that Erupt was likely to run at the Breeders' Cup, which takes place at Santa Anita in under three weeks' time.
Also on Sunday
E. P. Taylor Stakes presented by HPIBet (Grade 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+ fillies & mares
Aidan O'Brien was also responsible for the favourite in the card's other Grade 1 but Best In The World trailed home last of the 12 runners as Al's Gal (Mike Maker/Florent Geroux) knuckled down to get the better of Suffused.
While Al's Gal took command at the top of the straight, the runner-up was short of room at a crucial stage and although she eventually got clear she failed to reel in the winner, losing out by a nose.
"I was right there in second position all of the way and when I asked her turning for home she gave me a nice turn of foot and she was very brave," said winning jockey Florent Geroux.
British raiders Swiss Range and Nezwaah finished sixth and seventh.
Nearctic Stakes (Grade 2) 6f, turf, 3yo+
Calgary Cat (Kevin Attard/Luis Contreras) pounced late to prevail in a three-way finish to the Nearctic.
The winner got up by a head from Stacked Deck with the same margin back to favourite Conquest Enforcer.
"I got a perfect trip," said winning rider Luis Contreras. "My horse gave me anything from the quarter pole to the wire."
Divine continued her globetrotting for Mick Channon but could only finish sixth of eight.