07/30/2006 11:00PM

Ascot Bill takes inside approach


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A special turf training session for the Breeders' Stakes produced some unexpected excitement here at Woodbine on Sunday when Ascot Bill, ridden by Justin Stein, went against the grain by working inside the portion of the course prescribed for the morning proceedings.

The barrier cones known as "dogs" were well out on the main turf course, but Ascot Bill worked close to the rail, leading to a five-furlong clocking in 1:00.20 over the good going

Both Steve Attard, who trains Ascot Bill for owner Les Periera, and Stein chose to reserve comment on the incident, which is to be the subject of a stewards' hearing here Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Attard was thrilled with the exercise of Ascot Bill, who galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.40.

"He worked great," said Attard. "Justin was so happy."

Ascot Bill will be part of a field of up to 12 expected for Sunday's $500,000 Breeders', the 1 1/2-mile turf race that is the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.

The fourth-place finisher in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate and sixth in Fort Erie's 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, Ascot Bill is slated to be one of only two horses slated to compete in all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Shillelagh Slew, fifth in the Queen's Plate and the winner via the disqualification of first-place finisher Malakoff in the Prince of Wales, also is headed for the Breeders' and breezed five furlongs in 1:06.40 under regular rider Dino Luciani here Sunday.

"It's hard to get a line on how well he worked, the dogs were so far out," said Mike DePaulo, who trains Shillelagh Slew for owner David James. "I thought he worked fine. He seemed to be moving good."

Royal Challenger, a Brian Lynch trainee who was a closing fourth before being placed third in the Prince of Wales, also breezed five furlongs, going in 1:04.20 under jockey Patrick Husbands and in company with stablemate Wedded Woman, a 3-year-old filly who is a Breeders' candidate.

Four other Breeders' hopefuls breezed six furlongs.

French Beret and Looktotherainbow, both owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, worked in company with Pyramid Park, who is owned by Thor Eaton and trained by Mike Doyle.

French Beret, with Todd Kabel in the irons, was clocked in 1:16, while the maiden Looktotherainbow, under new rider Corey Fraser, finished in 1:16.40, as did Pyramid Park under regular partner Slade Callaghan. The three galloped out seven furlongs in 1:30.

Young Dom, trained by Debbie England, breezed six furlongs in 1:18.40 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:31.80 under jockey Richard Dos Ramos.

Other nominees headed for the Breeders' include the maidens Bravest Approval, trained by Danny Vella, and Skipped Bail, trained by Eric Coatrieux.

Skipped Bail worked five furlongs at his Chiefswood Farm base in 1:02 last Saturday.

"He worked in company," said Coatrieux. "We didn't ask him to do a whole lot."

The Breeders' also accommodates supplementary nominees and both Uncle Max, trained by Catherine Day Phillips, and Kisseroo, trained by Vella, could exercise that $15,000 option before the closing of entries on Thursday.

Kisseroo worked six furlongs on the training track here Monday in 1:16.20.

"It was a very strong work," said Vella.