10/18/2015 7:25PM

Cannock Chase triumphs in Canadian International

Emily Shields
Cannock Chase wins the Canadian International by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The brilliant journeyman Ryan Moore won his third consecutive Canadian International aboard the favored English raider Cannock Chase on Sunday, giving him a sweep of the two Grade 1 turf stakes on the Woodbine card.

Cannock Chase saved ground under a patient ride throughout most of the 12-furlong marathon and was angled wide for the drive early in the stretch. He proceeded to close powerfully between rivals and went by Up With the Birds inside the eighth pole before drawing clear and drifting out en route to a 1 1/2-length score in 2:29.26 over a course labeled good.

Moore also won the previous race on the card, the E.P. Taylor, on the favored English filly Curvy. Moore captured last year’s International on Hillstar and was aboard the 2013 winner Joshua Tree.

“I’m very lucky,” said Moore. “I get to ride very good horses. The trainers target these races and prepare them excellently. Thankfully, it worked out well today. [Cannock Chase] was impressive. He didn’t get away all that well. As soon as he got a bit of room, he quickened. He had time to have a look around [at the end].”

Up With the Birds, the 2013 Canadian Horse of the Year, earned $240,000 for ending up second by a length over Sheikhzayedroad, who rallied steadily from last after missing the break. Kaigun finished fourth and was followed by Reporting Star, the pacemaker Triple Threat, Danish Dynaformer, Power Ped, Second Step, Interpol, and Habibi.

Cannock Chase ($7.50) earned $600,000 of the $1,053,200 purse for owner Rabbah Bloodstock LLC Lessee. He was coming off a listed stakes victory over 12 furlongs at Newmarket, and racing manager Bruce Raymond gave credit to trainer Sir Michael Stoute for transforming the Kentucky-bred colt into a successful 12-furlong runner.  

“Michael has done a good job training him,” said Raymond. “He had niggling foot problems earlier on.  Since we stepped him up to a mile and a half, he really picked up well. At Newmarket last time, you saw the turn of foot he had today.”