10/01/2008 11:00PM

Brown, Egan seek memorable trip


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Herman Brown and jockey John Egan, the men behind Canadian International invader Mourilyan, are visiting this country for the first time.

And the two would like nothing better than to make their trip an unforgettable one with an upset victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $2 million feature for 3-year-olds and up.

Mourilyan, an Irish-bred 4-year-old colt, has won 4 of 10 starts but has been a fringe performer to date in Group 1 company.

Brown, who has 60 horses in training in South Africa and also has maintained a string of 25 horses in Dubai for the last four years, sent Mourilyan to fellow trainer Gary Moore in England for his last start.

Mourilyan finished third in that outing, which came in the Group 3 September Cup at 1 1/2 miles on Polytrack at Kempton.

"I'd had the Melbourne Cup in mind, but I decided to run here," Brown said. "Logistically, it's much easier.

"And the racetrack here suits his style of racing. He's a hold-up horse, with a good finish. This track's longer run-in will suit him better."

Brown adds that the opportunity to run Mourilyan with Lasix could be a particular benefit.

"He's been inclined to get a bit of mucus in his throat, even with streaks of blood in it," Brown said. "I think he'll go well on Lasix."

Local connection for Lucarno

Canadian International entrant Lucarno, a Pennsylvania-bred 4-year-old, has a once-removed local connection as his owner and breeder, George Strawbridge, has horses here with trainer Mac Benson.

Based in England with trainer John Gosden, Lucarno is one of the four millionaires and Grade 1 or Group 1 winners in the field, along with Doctor Dino, Quijano, and Champs Elysees.

Lucarno, however, is coming into the Canadian International after disappointing in his last two starts, which came in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Ascot and the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden.

"The ground was terrible in Germany," said assistant trainer Les Reynolds, who is here with Lucarno. "The English took each other on and ran a bit keen. The race just didn't suit us. In the King George, the ground was too fast."

On his better days, Lucarno has won the Group 1 St. Leger at Doncaster, the Group 2 Voltigeur at York, and more recently the Group 2 Princess of Wale's at Newmarket three starts back.

"He's usually on the pace," said Reynolds, who has been pleased with Lucarno's state here this week. "He's a tough horse, but he's settled in well. His attitude is very good."

Lucarno also will race with Lasix for the first time Saturday.

Biamonte eyes bigger prize in Nearctic

Trainer Ralph Biamonte's biggest career stakes win to date came here with Feathers, who captured the Grade 3, $142,425 Bessarabian in 2000.

On Saturday, Biamonte will be looking to take his barn to a new level when Starticus goes postward in the Grade 2, $500,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf race that earns the winner an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

"We're all ready," Biamonte said. "He's probably better than he's ever been. But, it's a very tough race."

Starticus, a lightly raced 4-year-old gelding, found his niche when trying the turf for the first time this spring, winning out his second and third allowance conditions before coming up a touch short in the 6 1/2-furlong allowance prep for the Play the King.

Biamonte then sent Starticus to Chicago for the Arlington Sprint, a 5 1/2-furlong turf race in which he chased the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint favorite, Mr. Nightlinger.

"The horse in front of him was just too good," Biamonte said. "He made a run at him, but the other horse made a run, too.

"At six furlongs, he should be a little more comfortable. His natural speed should get him in a good position."

Regular rider Corey Fraser, who did not make the trip to Arlington, will be back with Starticus on Saturday.

Three Woodbine shippers in Shadwell

Saturday's Grade 1 Turf Shadwell Mile at Keeneland boasts a distinct Woodbine flavor as Rahy's Attorney, Society's Chairman, and French Beret all are in the lineup for the $600,000 turf feature.

The Shadwell Turf Mile, set for 4:55 p.m., will be part of the two-hour ESPN telecast beginning at 4 p.m. The telecast also includes the Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, Nearctic, and Summer.

Rahy's Attorney, winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile here Sept. 7, drew the outside post in the field of 12 and will be ridden by Slade Callaghan.

Society's Chairman drew post 9 and will have regular rider Jono Jones in the irons, while French Beret will begin from post 10 under Julian Leparoux.

Disfunction and Legal Move, two of Woodbine's top sprinters, are entered in Keeneland's Grade 3 Phoenix, a $250,000 race at six furlongs.

Cawaja Beach stays perfect in stakes

Under a vintage off-the-pace ride from a patient Daniel David, Cawaja Beach extended her unbeaten record to four races here in Wednesday's $125,800 Victorian Queen Stakes.

Cawaja Beach trailed the seven-horse field of Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies on the backstretch, while Dash It Dreamer set sizzling fractions in the six-furlong dash.

Cawaja Beach began to mount a very wide rally on the turn, and she came on strongly in the stretch to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:10.79.

Sans Sousi rallied for second, and Stranger Things edged a fading Dash It Dreamer for third.

"She's very talented," David said. "I knew down the backside she was going to win. I just let her do what she wants. When she's ready to make her move, she lets me know. I just go along for the ride."

The Scott Fairlie-trained Cawaja Beach returned $5 as the favorite and earned $75,000 for Hard Eight Stable and Ace Racing Stable.

- additional reporting by Ron Gierkink