English Illusion turns the tables on Johnny Bear in Halton
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

English Illusion kicked off Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Night by upsetting defending champion Johnny Bear in the OLG Halton Stakes presented by Tipperary Equestrian.


A runner-up to Johnny Bear in last year’s 1-1/2 mile turf event, English Illusion prevailed by 1-1/2 lengths in 2:29.72 racing for trainer Sylvain Pion and 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable Inc. Claimed for $45,000 from his last start on August 5, the five-year-old English Channel-Stormy Illusion gelding provided an immediate return on investment to his new connections taking the lion’s share of the $100,000 purse.


Turning for home, English Illusion fanned out three-wide and struck the front in the stretch with Johnny Bear locked and loaded behind horses. The defending champion eventually found a clear path but had to settle for the runner-up role as English Illusion got the jump on his foes and forged on to victory.


A claim of foul in the stretch on the winner from Johnny Bear’s jockey was disallowed by the judges.


“That’s was amazing! We’ve been waiting for three years to run in a race like that. It was incredible,” said co-owner Dave Robinson, who also praised Pion and Hernandez.



English Illusion/Halton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dznOZzMV6zA


Brittney Mayotte
Woodbine Entertainment,
Communications Content Specialist
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