10/16/2009 12:00AM

Rainbow View has right credentials


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - European-based fillies have won the last two runnings of the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes as favorites, with Folk Opera scoring at 3-2 last year and Mrs. Lindsay at 7-5 in 2007.

That trend could continue in Saturday's renewal with Rainbow View, who was Europe's champion 2-year-old filly last year and is coming off a convincing win in the Group 1 Matron over one mile at Leopardstown.

The E.P. Taylor is a 1 1/4-mile turf race that will offer the winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. It attracted a field of eight, including four overseas invaders and three from south of the border.

Rainbow View, bred in Kentucky by George Strawbridge Jr. and trained by John Gosden, has won 5 of her 10 starts, including four group stakes.

She has yet to win in her two tries beyond a mile, finishing fourth in the Group 1 English Oaks at 1 1/2 miles and second in the Group 1 Nassau at 1 1/4 miles, but assistant trainer Danny Harrap said Saturday's distance is well within her scope.

"She sits handy and comes with a rattle at the end," said Harrap, who accompanied Rainbow View on her journey here. "She has a turn of foot."

Rainbow View will carry 118 pounds in the E.P. Taylor and will be pulling six pounds from the five older fillies and mares in the lineup. Julien Leparoux will ride the filly for the first time.

Look Here, a 4-year-old who was one of Rainbow View's traveling companions, also comes into the E.P. Taylor with formidable credentials.

She upset the English Oaks last year and started her current campaign with a third in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at 1 1/2 miles. Ask and Youmzain, a pair of talented males, finished a nose apart there, with Look Here another nose back.

In her most recent start, Look Here returned from an eight-week layoff and was second, beaten by a nose, in the Group 3 Arc Trial over 1 3/8 miles at Longchamp.

Jim Crowley, who rode Look Here for the first time that day, retains the mount.

Samantha Whitehead, who works for trainer Ralph Beckett, has been acting as the groom and exercise rider for Look Here since her arrival at Woodbine.

"She's doing very well, better than we could have hoped," said Whitehead. "A mile and a half is her optimum trip, but she has run well over a mile and a quarter before."

Rainbow View and Look Here will be racing on Lasix for the first time.

Eastern Aria and Lahaleeb, a pair of 3-year-old fillies, complete the European contingent in the E.P. Taylor.

Princess Haya, based in Fair Hill, Maryland, shipped in to capture the Grade 2 Canadian over 1 1/8 miles on turf here Sept. 20 for trainer Michael Matz.

Salve Germania, purchased by IEAH Stable after winning her North American debut in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Saratoga, will be making her first start for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Treat Gently was a Group 2 winner in Europe last year and made a successful North American debut under second-level allowance terms at Belmont in her last start July 9.

Locally based Roses 'n' Wine is in excellent form but will have her work cut out for her.