09/11/2013 1:06PM

Woodbine: Trade Storm settling in for Woodbine Mile

Barbara D. Livingston
No Explaining will start in Sunday's Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trade Storm, invading from England for Sunday’s Woodbine Mile, was settling in here Wednesday morning after arriving in Toronto about 10:30 the previous evening on a flight from Amsterdam.

Trained by David Simcock, the 5-year-old Trade Storm has faced some of Europe’s premier milers this year and adds spice to a Woodbine Mile field headed by defending champion Wise Dan.

“He’s very happy, very relaxed,” said traveling head lad Ian Russell, who was here two years ago when the Simcock-trained I’m A Dreamer missed by a head in the E.P. Taylor Stakes. “This race was one of many that were looked at. The good prize money is an attraction, and it’s not the largest of fields.”

Trade Storm last saw action at Goodwood on Aug. 24, finishing 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner when third over good turf in the Group 2 Celebration Mile.

“I thought the ground was a bit too soft for him that day,” Russell said. “The horse is in great order.”

Accompanying Trade Storm on his journey were Ladys First and Meri Shika, both candidates for Sunday’s Grade 2 Canadian Stakes.

The Canadian, at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, is worth $300,000 and is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Ladys First is trained by Richard Fahey, who will be seeking a Canadian repeat after sending out Barefoot Lady to win last year’s renewal.

Traveling head lass Alyson Deniel was here last year with Barefoot Lady, who stayed on to finish a close sixth in the E.P. Taylor, and has returned with Ladys First.

“She’s the same kind of filly of the same mettle, the way she goes about things,” Deniel said. “Her only bad race was at York. She’s a bit fiery – we put a hood on her that worked the opposite to what we wanted. She never ran a step.

“She ran three days later at Ascot and finished second. She’s tough.”

Ladys First was beaten a half-length in Ascot’s Group 2 Duke of Cambridge, which was run over one mile of turf.

In her most recent outing, Ladys First dead-heated for the win at Sandown in the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at one mile on Aug. 31.

Meri Shika, based in France, was purchased privately by Stella Perdomo and will be staying in North America with trainer Roger Attfield. Bred in France, the 3-year-old Meri Shika is Group 3 stakes-placed.

Meri Shika had a minor mishap on the van heading here from the airport, opening a cut just above her left eye that required stitching, but seemed to be none the worse for the experience when Attfield gave her the once-over Wednesday morning.

◗ Canadian contender No Explaining, also trained by Attfield, breezed five furlongs in a leisurely 1:05 over the firm main turf course here Wednesday morning with the “dogs” up well out on the course. Exercise rider/assistant trainer Suzanne Lorimer was aboard.

◗ Sunday’s card also will feature the Grade 1, $300,000 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, and the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds.