Flaxman Holdings’ Dubawi colt trained by Francis-Henri Graffard raced in fourth in the backstretch of the 1 1/2-mile turf test, then unleashed a furious turn of foot in the stretch to burst away from his rivals and win comfortably by a length under jockey Stephane Pasquier.
“I was a bit worried about my stall number (post 8), but he started well,” Pasquier said. “We took good position right behind the leader and the race was perfect today. I feel that I had a lot of gas, actually. It went easily.”
World Approval shot to the front for a clear lead early and set slow fractions—:26.66, :52.79, 1:18.80, and 1:44.21 through a mile. The United Nations (gr. I) winner still held a half-length advantage as 1 1/4 miles went in 2:08.01, but tired in the stretch.
Dartmouth, who tracked World Approval in second through most of the race, held second at the wire, a half-length ahead of closing Wake Forest.
Erupt, a 4-year-old bay colt, finished off the 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.87. He came into the Canadian International winless in four 2016 starts, but provided back class as the 2015 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) winner.
“We won a group I in France at 3-years-old, but it was a difficult start to this year,” Pasquier said. “Today he came back very easily and I'm very happy to have found my horse again.”
Erupt delivered $26.30, $9.50, and $5.60 across the board. Dartmouth brought $4.70 and $3.50, while Wake Forest delivered $5.10 to show.
Erupt was bred in Ireland by the Niarchos Family, who race Erupt as Flaxman Holdings. He is out of the Caerleon daughter Mare Nostrum. He has a 5-1-1 record from 12 starts.