The Queen will be represented by her first Canadian runner with Dartmouth carrying her colours in Sunday night’s Pattison Canadian International – live on Racing UK.
The CAN $1million (c.£625,000) turf race is run over a mile and a half and has been dominated recently by European horses, with 12 of the last 17 winners hailing from this continent.
Dartmouth, winner of the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, is ridden by William Buick and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who has won the last two runnings of the Canadian International, with Cannock Chase and Hillstar.
Other European representatives include Idaho, Protectionist and Erupt. Idaho boasts high-octane connections in trainer Aidan O’Brien; owners Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derek Smith; and jockey Ryan Moore. O’Brien is bearing down on the world record of 25 Grade / Group One wins in a year.
The Irish-bred colt boasts a solid racing resume which includes a third-place finish in the Epsom Derby, a second in the Irish Derby, and a sharp score in the Great Voltigeur at York.
Germany’s hopes lie with 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, while the French flag is flown by Erupt, last year’s Grand Prix de Paris winner.
In addition to the Pattison Canadian International, two other turf stakes will be showcased – the Grade One $500,000 E.P. Taylor, run over one mile and a quarter for fillies and mares and the Grade Two $300,000 Nearctic over six furlongs.
The 10-furlong EP Taylor includes O’Brien’s Best In The World, the John Gosden-trained Swiss Range and Roger Varian’s Nezwaah, while Mick Channon’s Divine is in line for the Nearctic Stakes.
The coverage gets underway at 7.30pm, and Mark Johnson and Rachel Candelora will be guiding viewers through the action.