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Next-question 14/10/2012

Next Question (left) makes all to land victory at Woodbine

  PICTURE: Woodbine/Michael Burns Photography  

Next Question has the answers in Nearctic

Report: Canada, Sunday

Woodbine: Nearctic Stakes (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+

THE Andrew Balding-trained Night Carnation finished well to take second, a half-length behind 16-1 chance Next Question (Mike Trombetta/Ramon Dominguez), who made all in the first of three Grade 1 events in Toronto on Sunday.

Night Carnation, slightly bigger than a 9-2 shot, also broke well and sat just off the pace but could not quicken in time to catch the winner, who stopped the clock in 1m09.32s on turf rated good.

Bear Tough Tiger, who had pressed the lead throughout, took third just ahead of the favourite Big Band Sound.

Ireland's Fire Lily, well fancied in the Tabor silks, had little chance after fluffing the break under Wayne Lordan and was unable to mount a serious challenge, beating just one home in the $500,000 contest.

Ridden by North America's reigning champion jockey, Next Question is a four-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic who had won a cheap optional claimer on his previous start.

"I knew judging by the paper that he would be forwardly placed," said Dominguez, again the leading rider in prize-money this season with over $19.3 million.

"He is a horse with a lot of natural speed and when we left the gate and I saw the one trying to make the lead, I was excited about that.

"I kind of wanted to rate and stalk, but my horse was really pulling me and taking me forward so I decided to just keep him together. I was very happy with how he relaxed and turning for home he gave me a pretty good kick."

Next Question won an fees-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint as part of the 'Win-and-You're-In' programme.

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