Mondialiste was a magnificent winner for David O’Meara and Daniel Tudhope, as he got up in a thrilling race for the Grade 1 Arlington Million Stakes XXXIV from Arlington Park tonight.
An injury ruled Decorated Knight out of the race, and then Dubai Sky refused to be re-shod, leading to his withdrawal, leaving 11 contenders.
The fractious Tryster was last to enter the stalls and at the break, was slow away.
World Approval and Take The Stand were away well and the latter went into the lead under FLorent Geroux, already winning jockey four times on the day.
Take The Stand and World Approval took the first turn and raced down the back ahead of Pumpkin Rumble and Deauville.
Racing to the home turn, Take The Stand and World Approval still led, with Deauville moving third and Mondialiste making ground down the wide outside, tracked by Tryster.
Take The Stand led into the straight but was soon swamped by a wall of horses and in a terrific race, four were in a line at the furlong pole, with Kasaqui, World Approval, Deauville and Mondialiste all in a driving finish.
World Approval quickly folded and it was Mondialiste who stretched out best of all to land a second major North American prize. Kasaqui got second, just ahead of Deauville.
The six year old Mondialiste joined O’Meara from France in early 2015 and began his UK career by running second in the Lincoln Handicap. Later last summer he landed the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile Stakes and was second to Tepin in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile.
This however will prove the sweetest of victories.
“It couldn’t have worked out better,” said Tudhope.
“We’d gone over the race so many times but you don’t know how it’s going to go. It couldn’t have gone better, though.
“He seems to love it out here, he thrives out here.
“It’s amazing to win a race like this my first time here, it’s amazing for everyone at the yard.”
O’Meara told NBC: “We stepped him up to a mile and a quarter at York and he ran a really good race behind Time Test and once we saw he handled the trip this race was in the back of our minds.
“Once he ran so well over that, the fact he ran so well when we travelled him last year, we were always going to come.
“He won at Woodbine last year and that was a win and you’re in for the Breeders’ Cup and he was second in the Mile so I don’t so a reason we won’t come back again. The owner will have the final say.”