10/13/2011 12:33PM

Woodbine: Redwood lukewarm 4-1 favorite among 16 for Canadian International

Michael Burns
The European-based Redwood, winner of the 2010 Northern Dancer. is the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday's Canadian International.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Redwood, who finished a close third in last year’s Canadian International, has been made the 4-1 favorite in a field of 16 for Sunday’s running of the Grade 1 turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

The field for the 1 1/2-mile Canadian International, announced here Thursday at a ceremonial draw in the trackside tent, is dominated by European interests with nine overseas shippers in the lineup.

Redwood, was making his second trip from England for last year’s International after shipping over to win the Northern Dancer four weeks earlier. He will begin from post 10 on Sunday under his regular rider, Michael Hills.

Charlie Hills, here with Redwood last year in the role of assistant to his father, Barry Hills, has taken over the leading role this year.

Treasure Beach, coming back two weeks after faltering when finding himself on an unaccustomed lead in the Grade 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is next in Woodbine oddsmaker Ernie Perri’s morning line at 9-2.

Conditioned by Aidan O’Brien, who won last year’s Canadian International with Joshua Tree, Treasure Beach journeyed across the pond to take Arlington’s Grade 1 Secretariat this summer and will start from post 13 here with Colm O’Donoghue in the irons.

Joshua Tree, who had O’Donoghue aboard here last year, changed hands over the winter and is the 5-1 third choice in the morning line for trainer Marco Botti.

Adam Kirby will break Joshua Tree from the No. 7 post.

Quest for Peace and Arctic Cosmos finished one-two in the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot on Oct. 1 and have been pegged at 8-1 and 6-1, respectively, in the morning line.

Luca Cumani trains Quest for Peace, a lightly raced 3-year-old who will begin from post 5 under returning rider Kieren Fallon

William Buck retains the mount on Arctic Cosmos, who drew the 2 post.

Rahystrada, the only American shipper, has been listed as a 12-1 chance and will start from the 9-hole under new rider Julien Leparoux.

Sarah Lynx, based in France with trainer John Hammond, will be looking to become the first filly or mare since Infamy in 1998 to win the Canadian International. She is listed at 15-1 and will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon from the inside post.

Mores Wells, a European invader who finished second in last year’s Canadian International, also is 15-1 on the morning line along with Simmard and Musketier, both of whom are trained here by Roger Attfield.

Rounding out the field will be European shippers Bronze Cannon and Mikhail Glinka, both of whom are trained by Herman Brown, and locally based Kara’s Orientation, Laureate Conductor, and Miami Deco.

Winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Stakes here over 1 1/2 miles of soft turf, Miami Deco was a late addition to the field, which lost one candidate when Stormy Lord was not entered.

Sunday’s card also includes the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares which attracted a field of 11, and the Grade 1, $500,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds and upward which lured 13 entrants.