Coolmore sires past and present provided the two feature winners at the big Woodbine meeting in Canada on the weekend with Joshua Tree (6h Montjeu x Madeira Mist, by Grand Lodge) taking out the Grade I Canadian International and Tannery (4m Dylan Thomas x Danse Grecque by Sadlers Wells) winning the Grade I EP Taylor Stakes.
Joshua Tree made history in becoming the only horse to win the Canadian International three times and interestingly his wins were for three different trainers.
He scored first for Aidan O’Brien in 2010, then finished second in 2011 for Marco Botti, before returning to win for that trainer in 2012.
This year he competed for Ed Dunlop and won the mile and a half turf event by three-quarters of a length.
“He seems to be at home here,” said Andrew Stringer, assistant trainer for Ed Dunlop.
“He drank well, ate well, and trained well. He settled down. Everything was perfect preparation for him. We had a bit of rain which helped. I just can’t believe it that he’s won three Group 1 races here for three different trainers with three different training methods. It just goes to show you how tough and genuine this horse is.”
Talented mare Tannery broke through for her first Grade I victory when taking the EP Taylor Stakes by a head for owner Richard Santulli and trained Alan Goldberg.
Tannery has won six of 19 starts and is the best of four winners from Sadlers Wells mare Danse Grecque, a half-sister to Grade I winner Gamut.
She is the second Grade I winner for Arc winner Dylan Thomas.