Trade Fair’s $1 million Canadian Win

Trade Fair’s English-trained six-year-old Trade Storm finished brilliantly to win the $C1 million Woodbine Mile in Toronto, Canada, yesterday. (September 14)

Trade Storm, prepared by David Simcock for Qatar Racing and ridden by retained jockey Jamie Spencer, was slow away from an inside draw in the 11-horse field and settled ninth under a solid pace set by the US three-year-old Bobby’s Kitten, who went through the first half mile in 47.52sec. under Kentucky Derby-Dubai World Cup winning rider Joel Rosario.
Spencer made his move with 1 1/2 furlongs to go but Trade Storm did not hit the front till the final 75 yards. He beat the top Canadian hope, Kaigun, by a half length with Bobby’s Kitten 1 3/4 lengths away third.
Trade Storm had finished third to dual US Horse Of The Year Wise Dan in last year’s Woodbine Mile.
He now gains an automatic start in the $US 2 million Group 1 US Breeders Cup Mile at Santa Anita, California, on November 1.
“That’s special,” said Simock, who trains at Newmarket. “He’s one of my all-time favourite horses.
“He travels strongly when there’s a lot of pace. He’s got nice pick-up speed. All he needs is the gaps to open.”
It was a real special night for Simock. He had earlier won the Group 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (12 furlongs) with Sheikhzayedroad, his only other starter at Canada’s showpiece meeting.
“The ground was a little softer than ideal for him but I always felt confident he was going to pick them up,” said Spencer, who will retire from racing riding at the end of the year to take up a management position with Qatar Racing.
Champion Candian jockey Patrick Husbands, who Kaigun, paid Trade Storm a rare compliment. “The winner was simply fantastic,” said Husbands, a seven time winner of the Sovereign Award for outstanding Canadian jockey.
Trade Storm’s previous best win was in the Group 2 Zabeel Mile in Dubai. He went to Canada after two lead-up races in England having finished a half length second to Professor in the Abacus Securities Stakes (seven furlongs) at Haydock on July 19 and a neck second to Custom Cat in the Group 3 Strensall Stakes (nine furlongs) at York on August 23.
Trade Fair’s winning international run continued when Liman won the Prix de Buzenval (one mile) by four lengths at Saint-Cloud in France yesterday. (monday)