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2011 Canadian International: Strongest Lynx

The rise of the filly Sarah Lynx from a cantankerous, hard-to-handle thoroughbred into a Grade I winner did not occur overnight. Described as 'tricky as a bag of snakes' by one of Europe's most accomplished trainers, John Hammond, Sarah Lynx went six consecutive races without a top three placing following her maiden win early in 2010. Patience by Hammond and his stable team and jockey Christophe Soumillon brought out the best in the Irish-bred four-year-old in the fall of 2011. Oh, and a set of blinkers didn't hurt either. On October 16, Sarah Lynx stunned a full field of top turf males in the 74th Canadian International (GI), the richest race of the Woodbine racing calendar. The four-length romp by the daughter of Montjeu (Ire) - Steel Princess (Ire), by Danehill was yet another win by a filly in a major race. It had been just two weeks earlier than…

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