Updated on 09/15/2011 1:06PM

Europeans arrive in force for International, Taylor


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Any concerns that this year's Canadian International would be lacking in European representation were dispelled when Mutamam, Daliapour, Zindabad, and Paolini checked in late Monday for Sunday's Grade 1, $1.5 million race.

Mutamam, Daliapour, and Zindabad flew in from London, while Paolini - accompanied by stablemate Abitara, who will run in Sunday's Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor - came from Frankfurt.

Owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and trained by Alec Stewart, Mutamam will be well supported in the Canadian Inter-

national, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for

3-year-olds and upward.

Mutamam has made one previous start in North America, finishing a close fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last fall. He is 2 for 3 this season, having won the Group 2 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket and the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton in his last start, with both victories coming over 1 1/2 miles.

"His last run was his prep race," said Wayne Tanner, assistant head lad to Stewart, with reference to Mutamam's second consecutive win in the September. "We've had this race in mind for quite a while."

While Mutamam was near the front throughout the Breeders' Cup Turf, in which he was beaten just three-quarters of a length, Tanner emphasizes that the 6-year-old Mutamam is adaptable.

"If there isn't a strong pace, it's possible he will make the running," said Tanner, "but if it's a decent pace, it's possible he'll sit in."

Tanner also noted that Mutamam is versatile in another way. "He prefers the ground on the softer side," said the assistant, "but it's not a major problem. He runs on everything."

Richard Hills has the mount.

Daliapour will be making his second appearance in the Canadian International, having finished

2 3/4 lengths behind Mutafaweq and Williams News when third in last year's running.

A 5-year-old son of Sadler's Wells, Daliapour went from here to the Far East, where he won the Hong Kong Vase for trainer Michael Stoute. Following that race he was purchased by Hong Kong owner Robert Ng and turned over to trainer Ivan Allan, for whom he failed to win in four starts before being sent back to Stoute in June.

"He didn't do any good out there," said Jim Scott, traveling head lad for Stoute, referring to Hong Kong. "I don't think the horse acclimatized."

While Daliapour will be making his first start since April 22, the barn is pleased with his progress.

"He's been saved for a back-end campaign," said Scott. "We took our time with him, and he's coming back to his old self.

"We're very thrilled with the work he's done for us. The vibes he's giving us, he's really well in himself."

Scott also expects Daliapour to adapt to any pace or surface scenarios that arise here Sunday.

"He's mostly mid-division," said Scott, "but he can run on the pace or even make it all. And he's won on all kinds of ground."

Johnny Murtagh, who rode Daliapour here last year, has the mount.

Zindabad, a 5-year-old horse by Shirley Heights, was second in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot June 22, leaving Mutafaweq in third place. Zindabad then finished fourth behind Mutamam, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, in the Princess of Wales's at Newmarket July 10.

"The ground was a bit soft for him there," said Robynne Watton, traveling head assistant to trainer Mark Johnston. "He prefers firm going."

Johnston trained Fruits of Love, who finished second in the 1999 International, and last year's sixth-place finisher Murghem.

Watton said Zindabad can be expected to come from off the pace under regular rider Kevin Darley. "He'll just sit handy," Watton said.

Paolini, a German-bred 4-year-old, is trained by Andreas Wohler, who sent out Silvano to win this year's Arlington Million.

Paolini already has won two Group 1 stakes this year, having taken the May 13 Prix Press Repubblica and the June 17 Gran Premio di Milano in Italy.

In his most recent start, Paolini finished fourth, three lengths behind Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe candidate Morshdi over 1 1/2 miles of yielding going at Baden-Baden in Germany. Sascha Wohler, brother and assistant to the trainer, said that Paolini did not show his best late kick in that race.

Paolini also had been under consideration for last Saturday's Group 1 Europa-Preis at Cologne in Germany, but was sent here in search of more favorable going.

"The ground was too soft for him there," said Wohler, adding that Paolini does his best running on good going.

Abitara, a 5-year-old, won her first two starts of 2001 at Hamburg and Deauville before finishing third at Hanover Sept. 9. The 1 1/4 miles of the E.P. Taylor, for fillies and mares, will be the shortest distance over which she has run this season.

Sascha Wohler said Abitara will handle any kind of going.