Champs Elysees upholds family's reputation
REPORT: CANADA, Sunday
Woodbine: Northern DancerTurf Stakes (Grade 1) 1m 4f (3yo+)
IT has taken a while, but Champs Elysees finally lived up to his family's reputation on Sunday in Canada when he became the latest offspring of that renowned broodmare Hasili to score at the highest level.
The five-year-old son of Danehill has followed a tried-and-tested route for Juddmonte Farms, having been trained by Andre Fabre as a younger horse before being transferred across the Atlantic to join Bobby Frankel.
Now, like his siblings Banks Hill, Intercontinental, Cacique and Heat haze before him, he has scored a Grade 1 victory in North America after a thrilling victory over Germany's Quijano in the upgraded Northern Dancer Turf.
The 7-2 shot was always travelling well under Garrett Gomez and scored by a neck from Quijano, who did not enjoy the best of passages when unleashing his challenge.
"The course is on the soft to yielding side," said Gomez. "Coming from Europe, I knew it wouldn't bother him too much, and I knew it was just a matter of time before I got a good trip with him, and got him travelling well."
Champs Elysees is now likely to be aimed at the Canadian International on October 4.
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Woodbine: Woodbine Mile (Grade 1) 1m (3yo+)
BREEDERS' CUP MILE winner Kip Deville flopped at odds-on as local hope Rahy's Attorney (Ian Black/Slade Callaghan) ran out a surprise winner of this $1million event at 12-1.
The winner held off former Amanda Perrett-trained Ventura, who was attempting to complete a Grade 1 double for the team behind Champs Elysees.
Kip Deville ran far too keenly in the early stages and faded in the straight in the most tepid of displays.
Woodbine: Canadian Stakes (Grade 2) 1m1f turf
J'RAY (Todd Pletcher/JoeBravo) put herself in line for a crack at the EP Taylor Stakes on the Canadian International undercard with a one-length strike in this designated trial for the nation's top fillies' race.