October 15, 2012
Siyouma sensational in E.P. Taylor Stakes
By RICHARD MAUNTAH, QMI Agency
As the horses travelled along the backstretch in the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, you could see Siyouma ready to burst out.
Nestled about three lengths back of the lead, the four-year-old Irish-bred filly was relaxed but being strongly held by jockey Gerald Mosse. He eventually found the right lane in the stretch, took the lead at the eighth pole and outgamed French filly Pagera to win the $1-million race in 2:03.04.
“We had a good draw, so I just wanted to be in a handy position,” Mosse said after. “I expected to be a little far back but she was enjoying so I just sat behind the three leaders and waited for my turn in the straight. She answered perfectly.”
Siyouma had come into the race with three wins in nine career starts, with her previous start being a win in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.
That race, though, was just two weeks ago and the timing between the classics was the only thing concerning Mosse and trainer Francois Doumen.
“I was a bit worried to run so soon,” Doumen said. “But she won so easily at Newmarket and she was so fresh when she came home to Chantilly that we said we better attempt (the Taylor). It’s the last Group 1 for females of the season.
“She’s so calm. She has a great temperament. And she travelled very well.”
Even though the E.P. Taylor was a Breeders’ Cup ‘win-and-you’re-in’ event, Doumen is looking at a start in Japan or Hong Kong for Siyouma.
In the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes, Next Question scored a 16-1 upset in his stakes debut. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, the four-year-old Michael Trombetta-trained gelding joined Bear Tough Tiger on the lead early in the six-furlong turf event, put his head in front midway around the turn and managed to maintain the lead throughout the stretch, winning by a half-length in the end in a time of 1:09.32.
European shipper Night Carnation finished second. Bear Tough Tiger ended third.
The win was Next Question’s third in seven career outings. The win qualified him for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint if the connections choose to send him out west.
In the $150,000 Durham Cup, Delegation scored a wire-to-wire win as the 6-5 favourite under jockey Patrick Husbands. The Mark Casse-trained three-year-old gelding, first stakes tally was his fourth victory in six career starts.