Following the seven-year-old triumphed at Woodbine on Saturday 27, connections of all Desert Encounter could put their sights on a third Pattison Canadian International victory year.
Desert Encounter was a length winner of the Grade One heat last year, when beating British raider Thundering Blue, and had half a length to spare on this event over German runner Alounak.
The David Simcock-trained gelding was enrolling a fourth win on the rebound following Group Three wins at Goodwood, Windsor and Newbury, and his team see no reason why Desert Encounter cant bid to emulate Joshua Tree, whos the only triple winner of this 12-furlong race thus far.
Philip Robinson, racing manager for owner Abdulla Al Mansoori, advised www.woodbine.com:Itd be lovely (to return in 2020). I dare say if hes a happy horse just as he is for sure, he will be back. He enjoys it , why not?
The last three or four races hes just never stopped advancing, hes still improving. You expect it from a four- or five-year-old but I think hes improving so much.
Hes loving his racing – hes only in a really satisfied place (at) this moment.
Whereas Joseph OBriens Red Tea was from the frame in the EP Taylor Stakes andrew Baldings Pivoine also contested the International, but had to settle for fourth.
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