Joshua Tree chasing Canadian double
Joshua Tree will attempt to defend his crown in the Pattison Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.
The six-year-old entire landed the Grade One by half a length 12 months ago, when trained by Marco Botti, and is back for another go under the supervision of new handler Ed Dunlop.
Joshua Tree struggled in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but he had previously finished an encouraging second in the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in August.
Dunlop said: "He's a year older but he's still in good form.
"He was beaten a neck (in the Prix Kergorlay). He made the running, the ground was a little slower and just got caught out.
"It was a very good run as he had a Group One penalty.
"I expect the German horse, Seismos, might make the running, but we'll be close (to the pace).
"We have an excellent jockey in Ryan Moore who knows the horse well and he knows Toronto well."
Former Luca Cumani inmate Forte Dei Marmi has won his last three races, all at Woodbine, and will be popular runner for trainer Roger Attfield, while Nicolas Clement sends Now We Can across to Canada from his stables in Chantilly.
Moore will also receive the leg-up aboard the David Simcock-trained Moment In Time in the EP Taylor Stakes.
Despite having won the Group Three Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock in June, the four-year-old filly needs to show distinct improvement following two subdued displays in the Nassau Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.
Simcock was narrowly denied in the Grade One over a mile and a quarter two years ago when I'm A Dreamer went down by a head to Miss Keller.