10/10/2012 3:35PM

Woodbine: International cast touches down

Michael Burns
Reliable Man was kept out of the Arc de Triomphe because of very soft turf conditions in Paris.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – All of the European shippers are in the house for the three Grade 1 turf stakes here Sunday, Canadian International Day.

Reliable Man, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, checked in from France late Tuesday afternoon for the $1.5 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward.

[CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DAY: Get PPs, watch Sunday's full card live]

Joining Reliable Man on his flight were the fillies Siyouma, Pagera, Trois Lunes, and Havant, all candidates for the $1 million E.P. Taylor at 1 1/4 miles, and the Spanish invader As de Trebol, here for the $500,000 Nearctic at six furlongs.

The Irish arrived in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, with Imperial Monarch here for the Canadian International, Princess Highway for the E.P. Taylor, and Fire Lily for the Neartic.

Oliver Peslier, who won last Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe aboard longshot Solemia, will ride Reliable Man in the Canadian International.

Reliable Man had been headed to the Arc de Triomphe, but the very soft turf conditions there prompted his connections to switch to the Canadian International.

Peslier has ridden in three previous Canadian Internationals with his best result a third-place finish aboard Romanov in 1997, the same year in which he won the E.P Taylor with Kool Kat Katie.

Reliable Man, a 4-year-old, captured last year’s running of the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) an about 1 5/16-mile race at Chantilly.

Imperial Monarch, a 3-year-old trained by Aidan O’Brien, finished eighth of 20 in this year’s Prix du Jockey Club but then captured the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris over about 1 1/2 miles at Longchamp.

O’Brien’s two previous wins in the Canadian International came with 3-year-olds, as Joshua Tree took the 2010 edition and Ballingarry was successful in 2002.

Joshua Tree, who returned to finish second in last year’s Canadian International for trainer Marco Botti, arrived last Saturday night for Sunday’s edition and will have Frankie Dettori in the irons.

“This has been the plan all along,” said Keith Williams, a traveling head lad for the Botti barn. “He likes it here.”

◗ Post time for the Canadian International, which is the the 10th of 11 races scheduled for Sunday’s program, has been set at 5:44 p.m.

The E.P. Taylor, which is the eighth race, is to go at 4:38 p.m. and the Nearctic, the fifth race, at 3:04 p.m.

Live coverage of the E.P. Taylor and the Canadian International will be available on The Score as part of a two-hour broadcast beginning at 4 p.m.

TVG also will be on-site.

◗ The Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, and Nearctic all are conducted under the terms of Woodbine’s stakes-race surveillance program.

All entrants must be at Woodbine, and in their assigned stalls, by 11 a.m. on Friday. Blood samples will be taken and random spot checks conducted by Woodbine security.