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VIDEO: Blond Me bags E.P. Taylor success in Canada for Andrew Balding
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VIDEO: Blond Me bags E.P. Taylor success in Canada for Andrew Balding
on 16 October 2017
No luck for Aidan O'Brien in either of the Grade 1 races at Woodbine on Sunday night

Blond Me recorded a famous success for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy in the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Canada on Sunday.

The five-year-old filly, who won the Middleton Stakes at York in May, was given a confident ride by Murphy - winning the second top-level event of his career after Aclaim in the Prix de la Foret last month - and swept into the straight full of running.

It did not take her long to get the better of a brief duel with Kitten's Roar as she stayed on strongly, despite hanging marginally to her right.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Rain Goddess was never able to get in any sort of blow, trailing in last under Ryan Moore.

On the same card, the O'Brien-trained Idaho could only manage only fourth in the Grade 1 Canadian International despite being sent off as 15/8 favourite.

Instead, the unheralded Bullards Alley, trained by Tim Glyshaw, came off the home turn full of running and rocketed clear when asked the question by jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva.

To his credit, Idaho stayed on down the straight to make late ground in fourth, just ahead of last year's winner Erupt, but in the final reckoning there was only one horse that mattered.

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