Kieren Fallon: friends with Big Kick's trainer Jose CorallesPICTURE: Getty Images
Fallon visits Toronto for Triple Crown race
Preview: Canada, Sunday 10.12pm BST (live on ATR)
Woodbine: Breeders' Stakes (Grade 1-Can) 1m4f, turf, 3yo
KIEREN FALLON crosses the Atlantic on Sunday to ride a longshot in the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine in Toronto.
The Jose Coralles-trained Big Kick is a 30-1 chance on the indicative morning line for the 1m4f event, which provides the conclusion to a varied series restricted to Canadian-breds.
"The trainer and Kieren are friends," said Julie Bell, Woodbine stakes manager. "Jose asked him to come ride this horse and he is interested."
Big Kick, a son of Tiznow, is owned by the powerful Stronach Stables and ships up to Canada from his Maryland base after finishing fourth in a maiden special weight race on turf at Monmouth a month ago.
He will be making his graded-stakes debut in the Breeders' Stakes, a turf race that follows the Queen's Plate - an all-weather contest also at Woodbine - and the Prince of Wales Stakes, a dirt race at Fort Erie.
Queen's Plate winner Strait Of Dover misses Sunday's race with a leg injury but the filly Dixie Strike (Mark Casse/Patrick Husbands) took the Prince of Wales by a length from Ultimate Destiny and Colleen's Sailor, who both reoppose at Woodbine.
Dixie Strike also has turf form, having won the Grade 3 Florida Oaks on turf at Tampa Bay in February.
Woodbine Oaks winner Irish Mission (Mark Frostad/Alex Solis) was runner-up in the Queen's Plate, while Aldous Snow (Malcolm Pierce/Eurico da Silva), a son of Theatrical, has won twice on turf.