Desert Encounter

Desert Encounter added another chapter to his amazing international record, as he came from last to first to win the Grade One Pattison Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine.

Just the six lined-up for this 1 ½ mile contest, including last year’s winner, the David Simcock-trained Desert Encounter.

At the break Desert Encounter was very slow and trailed by three lengths, while Ziyad was the early leader from Pumpkin Rumble and Pivoine.

The French runner Ziyad, raced with his head low, chased by Pumpkin Rumble and Pivoine, while Desert Encounter remained last of the sextet.

Heading to the far turn, Ziyad was a length to the good over Pumpkin Rumble and Pivoine, with Alounak next and then Nessy and Desert Encounter.

The field began to bunch and into the home stretnch, Ziyad and Maxime Guyon tried to kick.

But Desert Encounter and Andrea Atzeni hit top gear, appearing trapped to the inside but weaving their way through traffic.

A break came and Atzeni took aim at Ziyad, showing a fine turn of foot to settle the issue inside the final furlong.

At the wire, the David Simcock-trained seven year-old was three parts of a length clear of Alounak, Ziyad and Pivoine.