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Imperial Monarch (J P O'Brien) wins the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, Longchamp 14/07/2012

Imperial Monarch (dark blue silks): will race on a much different surface

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Monarch favourite for Canadian International

Preview: Canada, Sunday 10.44pm BST, live on ATR

Woodbine: Pattinson Canadian Internation (Grade 1) 1m4f, 3yo+

IMPERIAL MONARCH (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore) tops the betting and tops the European raiders for the Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday evening.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, who has landed the $1.5million contest twice before with Ballingarry and Joshua Tree, Imperial Monarch has been successful in three of his four starts, including the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris on his most recent outing, and is 100-30 favourite to land the race with William Hill.

However, the three-year-old is faced with different conditions to what he has encountered in Europe to date with firm going forecast in Canada whereas he has raced on soft and heavy ground so far.

"This race has been his target for a while," O'Brien said. "He travelled over well and is in good form. He handles ease in the ground although he doesn't have to have it that way."

European's fill the top five places in the betting for the race with Reliable Man 4-1, Joshua Tree 11-2, Wigmore Hall 6-1 and Dandino 8-1. Lay Time, a 20-1 chance, also travels over.

Wigmore Hall has been successful on both of his starts at Woodbine and his trainer Michael Bell said: "He appears to be in very good form and he really enjoys life at Woodbine. He's got to step up on his two wins there before as it's a better race in terms of quality. He's dead genuine and thrives on racing."

Also on Sunday

Woodbine: E.P. Taylor Stakes (Grade 1) 1m2f, 3yo+ fillies & mares 9.38pm BST

SIYOUMA (Francois Doumen/Gerald Mousse) is strongly fancied to build on her victory in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes with William Hill making her 100-30 favourite for success.

Jockey Gerald Mosse, who partnered Reckless Abandon to glory in the Middle Park Stakes on Saturday, said: "She's a lovely filly who I always said was best at a mile and she was perfect last time over that distance.

"It is the first time travelling so far but I'm told she looks okay and is fine. She is becoming better and better."

Her opponents include Princess Highway, winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and Barefoot Lady, who scored in a Grade 2 at the track on her last start.

Woodbine: Nearctic Stakes (Grade 1) 6f, 3yo+ 8.04pm BST

SERIOUS ATTITUDE landed this race for Europe in 2010 and Bated Breath came within a whisker of doing the same last year.

Fire Lily (David Wachman/Wayne Lordan) and Night Carnation (Andrew Balding/John Velazquez) go for glory in Sunday's race. They sit second and third in the betting on 7-2 and 4-1 respectively with William Hill behind local favourite Big Bad Sound.


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