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Joshua Tree: Won the Canadian International for Marco Botti
Joshua Tree regained his Pattison Canadian International Stakes crown at Woodbine under an inspired Frankie Dettori.
The son of Montjeu had won this race as a three year old for Aidan O'Brien in 2010 before returning to finish second for Marco Botti 12 months ago.
It was a fine training performance from the up and coming handler for whom this was only Joshua Tree's second success with the first only coming in August when he got the better of Melbourne Cup fancy Brigantin in the one mile seven Prix Kergolay at Deauville.
At the end of a fortnight that has seen Dettori's future questioned in the media following his decision to ride Camelot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Italian dished out a timely reminder of his immense talent.
Taking the Grade One race by the scruff of the neck, Dettori set out to make every yard aboard the five year old who was last seen finishing a length and a quarter behind Orfevre in the Prix Foy.
Allowed to set his own fractions, Joshua Tree kicked at the top of the straight and pinched two or three lengths which had dwindled to around half a length at the wire.
It was a third Canadian International win for Dettori after Mutafaweq (2000) and Sulamani (2004) while the race is part of the Breeders' Cup 'win and you're in' series, in this case the Turf.
Dettori told the track's website: "That was always the plan, try to get to the front. I'm very happy after half a mile. I was able to dictate my own tempo. When I kicked for home at the quarter pole, I knew I had plenty of horse left.
"I rode him last time. He was third in a good race in France and this was always the target. He's won it before and was second last year. He is a super horse and loves this track. Who knows? He might even be back next year."
Dettori went on: "Woodbine has been phenomenal for me. The E.P. Taylor (turf) has been very lucky. I have some great friends here, been coming for so many years. I just love the place, love the people. It's the best turf track in North America, so for us Europeans it makes life a lot easier, but also you need the horse that answers every call and he did for me. I was able to set my own fractions, but when I asked him to pick up, he did. He fought right to the line."
Lucie Botti, wife of the winning trainer, added: "It was always the plan (to bring him back one more time) and we are delighted for him that he won for us.
"He is a great horse to us, very consistent and just a superstar for us."
Credit, too, must go to James Fanshawe whose Dandino finished an agonising second as he stayed on grimly, eating into the deficit with every stride.
It has been a mixed season for the Dansili entire but he had gained his first win of the campaign at Kempton at the start of September and was right back to his best in this mile and a half heat.
Dandino's pilot Jim Crowley told www.woodbineentertainment.com: "He ran a simply phenomenal race. Down the lane, he was always battling back...he wouldn't quit. I had a great trip. Another stride or two and I think we could have won it."
It was tight at the line with former Luca Cumani inmate Forte Dei Marmi not far behind the winner in third, reversing last month's course and distance form with fourth home Wigmore Hall who couldn't quite muster the pace to challenge.
The disappointment of the race was Aidan O'Brien's Imperial Monarch who was a warm order to follow-up his win the Grand Prix de Paris.
He was perfectly positioned but the response was limited when Ryan Moore asked him to pick up and he could only finish sixth, providing another blow to the reputation of the 2012 Classic crop.
The year older Reliable Man was also to the fore of the market but failed to get into a challenging position having been held up in rear in a contest that was dominated by Dettori.