Dartmouth set to be Queen’s first runner in Canada

Dartmouth (left) won the Ormonde Stakes at Chester in May

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Dartmouth to be Queen's first runner in Canada By Lewis Porteous 3:15PM 16 OCT 2016

Preview: Canada, Sunday

Woodbine: Pattison Canadian International Stakes (Grade 1) 10.4pm BST

DARTMOUTH breaks new ground on Sunday when he becomes the first horse to represent the Queen in Canada.

The four-year-old will be attempting to give Sir Michael Stoute a third consecutive win in the Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine, a race which will be televised on At The Races and Racing UK.

Stoute landed the near-£500,000 contest with Cannock Chase last year and Hillstar in 2014, and has targeted the race with Dartmouth, whose biggest success to date came in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

"He's settled in very well and doing everything right," said John Warren, racing adviser to the Queen. "He did a really nice blow on the track on Friday and is in very good shape."

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William Buick rides Dartmouth for the first time and races from stall five in a field of nine.

Warren added: "This has been an objective and hopefully he's going to run his usual game, genuine race, and if he does he'll put up a good show. I think the Queen is really looking forward to seeing how he gets on."

Aidan O'Brien's quest for further top-level success continues as he runs Idaho, bidding to erase the memory of his luckless run when favourite for the St Leger.

Having unseated Seamie Heffernan after stumbling in the home straight at Doncaster, Ryan Moore – going for a remarkable fourth-straight win in the Canadian International – takes the ride.

"He's a well-balanced horse," said Kieran Murphy, O'Brien's travelling head lad. "You can ride him any way you want, and stall three is a good post for him."

Also on Sunday in Canada

The Roger-Varian trained Nezwaah – who split So Mi Dar and Arabian Queen at Yarmouth last month – is among four European challengers in the EP Taylor Stakes (9.56pm) on the same card as she tries to go one better than stablemate Talmada in the race last year.

"Nezwaah is a filly we like a lot and I thought she ran a fine race at Yarmouth, splitting a filly who looks a Group 1 winner in the making and a former Group 1 winner," said Varian.

"This is obviously a step up in class, but it seems the Europeans set the benchmark and our filly's form reads well in that context.

"She could have been given a kinder draw [12], but I think the track will suit, and I hope she's capable of making her mark at this level."

John Gosden has booked Joel Rosario to ride on Pretty Polly Stakes winner Swiss Range, while O'Brien and Moore combine with Blandford Stakes runner-up Best In The World. The European challenge is completed by the Francois Doumen-trained Aim To Please.

Divine, trained by Mick Channon, continues her globetrotting in the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes (8.48pm) having finished fifth in a Group 2 at Baden-Baden in August. She faces seven rivals, with Alexis Badel booked to ride.

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