Just a day after two-time Northern Dancer (G1) winner Wigmore Hall came to grief in the UK, Sheikhzayedroad became another Dubai World Cup Carnival alum to win the big race at Woodbine, Canada’s flagship racecourse. Settled off the pace early, Sheikhzayedroad saved ground and came through the inside, holding off a late charge from rank outsider Dynamic Sky to win. Pacesetter Reporting Star was a close third.
The David Simcock trainee came out slightly right before the finish and prompted a ten minute inquiry before the stewards decided to leave the result unchanged. Martin Lane, the only jockey the gelding has known in his last fifteen starts, was aboard for the winning ride, worth C$180,000 to the winning connections. Simcock indicated Sheikhzayedroad could return to Toronto for the Canadian International (G1) over course and distance in October, or run on British Champions Day at Ascot. After that, he will be prepared for a return to the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Watch the Northern Dancer below.
A few races later, Simcock sent Trade Storm out to his first win since the Zabeel Mile (G2) in March 2013. Owned by Qatar Racing since that start, he flew up the rail under Jamie Spencer to win Canada’s premier race for milers. The last two runnings of the Woodbine Mile were won by Horse of the Year Wise Dan.