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Woodbine Tips - Tips on Pattison International Stakes day

By Jon Vine
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17 Sep 2021
  • Tips for the two Group One races at Woodbine on Saturday 18th September
  • The biggest race in Canada, the Pattison International Stakes takes place on Saturday
  • Walton Street and March To The Arch are our Group One selections
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Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Getty)
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The biggest meeting in Canadian horse racing takes place on Saturday, as Woodbine stages the Pattison International Stakes. Viewers also have a second Group One to enjoy on day one of this famous meeting, the Woodbine Mile Stakes.

We've taken a look at both races and picked out our International racing tips.
    Table Of Contents
  • Woodbine Tips - Saturday 18th September
  • Race 1 - Pattison International Stakes Tips
  • Race 2 - Woodbine Mile Stakes Tips

Woodbine Tips - Saturday 18th September

Race 1 - Pattison International Stakes Tips

Walton Street10:35pm Woodbine Pattison Canadian International Stakes 1m4fGET 5/6 HERE
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Desert Encounter will bid to become the first horse in the illustrious history of this Group One to win three successive renewals. David Simcock's nine-year-old, however, hasn't won in 15 starts since he last lifted this trophy in 2019, and I think his powers may be starting to wane.

Corelli is the home crowd's main hope of claiming top honours, but I doubt he'll be able to thwart the Godolphin powerhouse that is WALTON STREET.

Charlie Appleby's gelding won twice in Dubai at the start of the year, including an emphatic victory in the City Of Gold. Walton Street then took his chance in the Sheema Classic and ran well again, finishing fourth behind Mishriff and Chrono Genesis.

On his only outing since then, Appleby's seven-year-old finished third in the Preis von Berlin having attempted to make all the running. I doubt Frankie Dettori, who's taking the ride on Saturday, will employ the same tactics, but he's sure to give this powerful traveller a confident ride and it'll be up to the other runners to try and reel him in.

Race 2 - Woodbine Mile Stakes Tips

March To The Arch11:12pm Woodbine Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes 1mGET 6/1 HERE
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Mark Casse is usually a trainer to follow here at Woodbine, and he's won this Group One twice in the last five years. He accounts for three of the ten runners, and I think you have to side with last year's runner-up, MARCH TO THE ARCH.

Patrick Husband's mount has run at Woodbine three times this season, with his best performance coming in the Niagra Stakes, where he powered home late on to beat Pattison International contender Belichick by almost five lengths.

Casse's six-year-old was then backed into favouritism for the King Edward here in August, but got off to a really slow start and his flying finish was only good enough for third. Husbands will be hoping to get a cleaner break on Saturday, and the front-running Town Cruise should set the race up perfectly for a fast-closer like him.

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