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Wigmore Hall Sits Trip in Northern Dancer

British invader Wigmore Hall, guided patiently by jockey Jamie Spencer through an opening along the inside, outfought Simmard and Al Khali in deep stretch to win the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf Presented by Vtech (Can-IT) on the Woodbine turf Sept. 18.

Trained by Michael Bell for owner Mark B. Hawtin, 7-5 favorite Wigmore Hall registered his first win in three tries on North American soil. The Irish-bred 4-year-old son of two-time Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner High Chaparral ran a troubled fourth in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) as a prep for the Northern Dancer at Arlington Park Aug. 13.

Last year, Redwood, another son of High Chaparral, won the Northern Dancer.


 

 

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great horse here!!
There's really no getting around this point in 2011. The middle distance turf horses that have been shipping over to North America from Europe are just superior to the middle distance turf horses from North America themselves. That's not a knock, just a fact. Cape Blanco, Treasure Beach, Stacelita, and now Wigmore Hall have all shipped to North America and won at least one major G1 turf stakes. In the case of Cape Blanco, he's shipping back from Ireland for a crack at his third G1 turf stakes in North America. For as good as Acclamation has been carrying the middle distance turf banner for America this season. It's difficult to see past one of the European contenders winning this year's BC Turf.
To my mind, whether or not Wigmore Hall would stay the 12f trip in his first career attempt at the distance was the biggest question as to whether or not he would win the G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine today? He answered that question with a resounding yes!! He got a perfect ride from jockey Jamie Spencer. Dropping him in the rail to save ground, and going too fast early on as to use him up before the final 2f of the race!! I thought Wigmore Hall was the class horse in the field. Other than the good horses he's faced in the UK. He's shipped all over the world to Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and faced horses everywhere's he's been that were a lot better than he faced at Woodbine today!! I'd be very surprised if this win doesn't convince trainer Michael Bell that Wigmore Hall should be at Churchill Downs in November for the BC Turf? Now that Bell has seen that Wigmore Hall can stay and win at 12f. On pure statistics alone, Bourbon Bay read like the horse most likely to be the biggest problem for Wigmore Hall in this race. But for whatever reason? Bourbon Bay just never seems to run a good race outside of California? JMO.

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