Erupt: has now won twice at the highest level
By Tony McFadden 8:25AM 17 OCT 2016
Report: Canada, Sunday
Woodbine: Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1), 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
THE QUEEN was denied a first winner in Canada as Dartmouth could finish only runner-up 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 the leader, World Approval, as the field turned for home, but he could not match Erupt’s change of gear, who tracked the runner-up before roaring past.
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.
Good turn of foot
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.