Best Beyer: Walton Street tops turf charts for 2021

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Walton Street (Frankie Dettori) out on his own in Canadian International. Photo: Woodbine/Michael Burns Photography

110 Walton Street

Woodbine (Sept 18): Canadian International G1, $600,000, 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Owner: Godolphin
Pedigree: 7 bg Cape Cross – Brom Felinity (Encosta De Lago)
Time: 1m29.07s

Although the competition looked fairly moderate, there appears to be no arguing with the evidence of the clock when it comes to Walton Street’s Canadian International romp.

The seven-year-old’s time of 1m29.07s for the 1m4f on turf described as ‘good’ at Woodbine was worth a BSF of 110 – the highest grass number of 2021, fully four points ahead of US G1 winners Domestic Spending and Raging Bull.

Best Beyers of 2021

Baby Yoda 3g (Bill Mott) Saratoga, Sept 4: allowance
Flightline 3c (John Sadler) Del Mar, Sept 5: allowance

Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Prairie Meadows, July 2: Cornhusker G3

Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Saratoga, Aug 7: Whitney G1

Walton Street 7g (Charlie Appleby) Woodbine, Sept 18: Canadian Intl G1

Essential Quality 3c (Brad Cox) Belmont Park, June 5: Belmont G1
Mischevious Alex 4c (Saffie Joseph) Aqueduct, April 3: Carter G1

Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2 (2nd)
Hot Rod Charlie 3c (Doug O’Neill) Belmont Park, June 5: Belmont G1
Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Gulfstream Park, Jan 23: Pegasus G1
Mystic Guide 4c (Mike Stidham) Oaklawn Park, Feb 27: Razorback G3
Royal Ship 5g (Richard Mandella) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2

Beau Liam 3c (Steve Asmussen): Saratoga, Aug 29: allowance
Essential Quality 3c (Brad Cox): Saratoga, Aug 28: Travers G1
Jackie’s Warrior 3c (Steve Asmussen): Saratoga, Aug 28: Jerkens Memorial G1
Life Is Good 3c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, March 6: San Felipe G2
Midnight Bourbon 3c (Steve Asmussen): Saratoga, Aug 28: Travers G1 (2nd)

Beau Liam 3c (Steve Asmussen) Saratoga, July 17: allowance
Cezanne 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 18: Kona Gold G3
Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, May 31: Hollywood GC G1
Domestic Spending 4g (Chad Brown) Belmont Park, June 5: Manhattan G1
Life Is Good 3c (Bob Baffert) Saratoga, Aug 28: Jerkens Memorial G1 (2nd)
Raging Bull 6h (Chad Brown) Keeneland, April 9: Maker’s Mark Mile G1
Witsel 3c (Chad Brown) Saratoga, July 17: allowance (2nd)

Top 2yo Beyers: 98 Corniche (Santa Anita, Sept 4), 93 Big City Lights (Santa Anita, May 2), 92 Echo Zula (Saratoga, July 15), Jack Christopher (Saratoga, Aug 28), My Prankster (Saratoga, Aug 21)

Until end Sept 19. Turf Beyers in italics

As impressive as the gelding was in denying Desert Encounter a hat-trick in Canada’s signature race (by the not insignificant matter of 5¾ lengths), it is worth remembering he had never before won a G1 contest.

Although his Dubai form was noteworthy in Listed handicap and G2 company, he was put in his place by Mishriff et al in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Still, circumstances conspired to produce a good time – a really good time, it seems – as front-running Primo Touch took them along at a decent clip before the winner picked him up early in the stretch and powered away.

Canadian runner-up Desert Encounter also broke three figures with 102, while all-the-way Woodbine Mile scorer recorded a 104.

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