King Edward Stakes & Canadian Stakes Review

Mark Casse had another day to remember at Woodbine on Sunday, winning both Graded stakes with overseas imports. The ex-Brazilian Filo De Arianna kept his unbeaten record at the Toronto track intact when an easy winner of the G2 King Edward Stakes, while Fev Rover – formerly trained in Britain – prevailed after a thrilling stretch duel in the G2 Canadian, getting off the mark in her adopted country.

King Edward Stakes

Filo goes all the way

G2, $200,000, 1m turf, 3yo+

The streak goes on. Filo Di Arianna took his winning run to three and his unbeaten record at Woodbine to four when going gate-to-wire in the King Edward on Sunday.

The ex-Brazilian six-year-old – who missed the whole of 2020 and ran just once last year – broke on top under Kazushi Kimura and set only boilerplate fractions while pressed closely by Town Cruise, but the 6-5 favourite shook off that rival with three-sixteenths to run and motored clear.

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The outsider Harlan Estate came out of the pack along the rail but could never land a blow, and Filo Di Arianna hit the line two lengths clear in a time of 1:34 and three-fifths. Third-choice Haddassah was third, a length and three-quarters away, in a race reduced to six by the late scratch of the well-fancied Shirl’s Speight.

This victory, coming on the heels of success in the G2 Connaught Cup, took Filo Di Arianna’s resume to seven-for-nine and he will get a chance to nail that elusive G1 label next time out, as trainer Mark Casse is expected to point him towards the $1m Woodbine Mile – a win-and-in for the Breeders’ Cup Mile – on September 17. He is unbeaten since adopting front-running tactics.

Canadian Stakes

Rover returns to top form

G2, $200,000, 1m 1f turf, 3yo+ fillies/mares

Mark Casse signed for a double in the Graded stakes on the Queen’s Plate undercard when British import Fev Rover stuck her head in front in the last stride to take the Canadian, snapping a losing run that stretched a day short of two years.

The four-year-old cost current connections almost a million dollars at the year-end sales in Britain, and paid back the first instalment with a gutsy success. The 9-2 third-choice, partnered by Patrick Husbands, sat behind the pace set by Angelou until moving up to dispute matters exiting the turn.

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She was soon on the lead but was immediately challenged by the favourite Crystal Cliffs, and the pair duked it out to the line in a thrilling finish, with Fev Rover in the right place at the right time to score by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:47 and one-fifth. Second-favourite Flirting Bridge was just three-quarters of a length back in third.

Fev Rover’s hefty price-tag was merited considering her record in Europe, which included a third-place in the classic G1 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and victory in the G2 Prix du Calvados at Deauville. She has taken well to life in Canada – on her debut last month she was runner-up in the G2 Dance Smartly.

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