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