ANDREA Atzeni was the toast of Toronto on Saturday evening when driving a Grade 1 double.
The Italian was in red-hot kind and gained each the Canadian Worldwide and E. P. Taylor Stakes aboard British runners at Woodbine.
The highest jockey produced the David Simcock-trained Desert Encounter with a powerful late run to win the 1m4f Canadian Worldwide.
The gelding beat David Menuisier’s common gray Thundering Blue into second place in a British-dominated end.
Afterward the cardboard, Atzeni needed to be at his strongest to get Roger Varian’s Sheikha Reika dwelling in entrance within the E P Taylor Stakes.
The daughter of Shamardal, who was a simple winner of a Listed race at Yarmouth final month, gained by three quarters of a size within the $500,000 contest.
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Atzeni mentioned of Desert Encounter: “That is nice. I have been coming right here for thus a few years and I’ve by no means had plenty of luck actually.
“It is nice to win the race. It is an important race and it is nice to do it for David Simcock, who has supported me since I used to be a child.
“He is a horse that must be ridden chilly. You possibly can’t put him within the race too early.
“I adopted Thundering Blue, I believed he was the horse to beat, and after I pulled him (Desert Encounter) out and he gained fairly cosily.”
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Newmarket trainer Varian was delighted to get a top-level win out of the well-bred Sheikha Reika.
He said: “Sheikha Reika has thrived for the step up in trip and she’s really beginning to show us on the track what she does at home now.
“I thought Andrea gave her a beautifully-composed ride and I am delighted for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, who has shown great patience with the filly.
“This was a brilliant result all round.”