10/14/2007 11:00PM

Euros land for International Day

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Europeans have descended upon Woodbine for Sunday's Canadian International Day program.

At about 12:30 a.m. Monday, a group of seven invaders from France, England, and Ireland arrived en masse after joining up at Shannon Airport.

Ask, Honolulu, Irish Wells, and Oracle West are here for the Grade 1, $2 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

Mrs. Lindsay, a Group 1 winner in France, and Four Sins, a Group 2 winner in Ireland, are headed for the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1o1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Dark Missile, who lost by a nose in a Group 2 stakes at Ascot last time out, is targeting the Grade 2, $500,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

The European quartet for the Canadian International joined Quijano, a Group 1 winner who arrived here from Germany last Thursday.

Ask, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is coming off consecutive Group 3 wins, at Chester in May and Ascot in September.

Honolulu, trained by Aidan O'Brien, finished third in both the Group 1 St. Leger at Doncaster and the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge at Ascot last month.

Irish Wells, trained by Francois Rohaut, won the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville in his last start.

Oracle West, trained by Michael de Kock, is coming off a second-place finish in a listed stakes at Newbury.

As of Monday, a field of 14 was expected for the Canadian International, with U.S. shippers Cloudy's Knight, Fri Guy, General Jumbo, Linda's Lad, Stream of Gold, and Sunriver scheduled to arrive later this week.

The locally based contingent consists of Sky Conqueror, Windward Islands, and Sterwins, who is on the fence.

Weekend dress rehearsals

Several of the Canadian International candidates had their final major tune-ups over the weekend.

Four U.S. horses breezed over the turf at their home bases on Saturday.

Cloudy's Knight ran a mile in 1:51.80 at Hawthorne, Fri Guy went four furlongs in 50 seconds at Churchill Downs, General Jumbo prepped six furlongs in 1:13 at Fair Hill, Md., and Sunriver was timed in 1:03 over five furlongs of yielding going at Belmont Park.

Sky Conqueror, Windward Islands, and Sterwins all worked at Woodbine on Sunday morning.

Sky Conqueror drilled six furlongs in 1:14.60 over the training track turf course, while Sterwins and Windward Islands prepped five furlongs on the main track. Sterwins went in 59.40, and Windward Islands in 1:02.60.

On Monday, Stream of Gold breezed four furlongs on Belmont's training track in 49.22.

* Arravale, who breezed four furlongs in 50.40 on the turf course at Woodbine on Monday morning, is pointing for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf but could opt for the E.P. Taylor if the F&M Turf is oversubscribed. A Kentucky-bred 4-year-old owned by Bob Costigan and trained by Mac Benson, Arravale won the E.P. Taylor last year.