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Smooth sailing for Sheikhzayedroad and Trade Storm, win Northern Dancer & Woodbine Mile in Canada

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.


  1. Hope trainer David Simcock and the connections of Sheikhzayedroad opt to take him back to Woodbine in mid-October for the G1 Canadian International Stakes instead of racing him at Ascot the day prior in the G1 Champion Stakes. I just think Sheikhzayedroad is better suited going longer over 2400 meters at Woodbine than he is going 2000 meters at Ascot, IMO.

  2. A bit surprised the connections of Sheikhzayedroad chose going to Ascot for the G1 Champion Stakes at 10f over returning to Woodbine the next day for the G1 Canadian International Stakes at 12f. I think he would’ve been better suited by returning to Woodbine, IMO.

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