Nations Pride recorded his second straight G1 victory – and third overall – as he powered to a two-and-a-quarter length victory in the G1 Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday, 8 October.
The well-traveled son of Teofilo now boasts G1 victories in the U.S., Germany and Canada.
Partnered once again by William Buick, Nations Pride was off a step slow but was quickly settled into second as fellow European, Royal Champion, went to the front to set the pace under James Doyle. Nations Pride continued to stalk Royal Champion throughout the early stages of the ten-furlong turf contest before making his bid at the top of the lane. Royal Champion put up a courageous fight, but Nations Pride was just too good as he overhauled the longtime leader in the final furlong and drew off to a convincing victory.
Owned and bred by Godolphin, Nations Pride is out of the Listed-winning mare Important Time (Oasis Dream), herself a daughter of G1 Prix de l’Opera heroine, Satwa Queen.
Teofilo has so far sired 23 individual G1 winners, including two Melbourne Cup winners (Cross Counter and Twilight Payment) and G1 Ascot Gold Cup hero, Subjectivist. His six-year-old son Without A Fight has gained two Stakes wins in Australia this year when landing the G2 The Q22 and G3 Lord Mayor’s Cup.