Arlington Million scouting report: Mondialiste
Details of his prior career with Freddie Head, and his rejuvenation by turnaround artist David O’Meara, can be found in the 2015 Woodbine Mile scouting report and his 2015 Breeders’ Cup international profile. Suffice it to say here that the Wertheimer-bred has taken his career to an entirely new level since selling for $259,464 at Arqana July in 2014 and changing his residence to England.
Recall how he threaded his way down the long Woodbine stretch:
At Keeneland, note Mondialiste’s traffic trouble as he must wait behind horses going nowhere in the stretch. By the time he can angle out into the clear, Tepin’s long gone. Tepin was always going to get the jump on him in any event, but a smoother trip would have helped Mondialiste get closer:
Since the Breeders’ Cup, Mondialiste has taken time to round back into that sparkling form. He continued on his international travels in last December’s Hong Kong Mile (G1), but that ended up being a bridge too far for a horse who’d been on the go for nine months. Mondialiste was never involved in 11th, and earned a winter break. He was below form in his first two appearances of 2016, finishing well behind A Shin Hikari in the May 24 Prix d’Ispahan (G1) on heavy ground at Chantilly and Tepin in the June 14 Queen Anne (G1) at Royal Ascot.
Last time out, however, Mondialiste showed that he was back on song. In the July 23 York (G2), he gave odds-on Time Test all he could handle before finally succumbing in second. Aside from reassurance that Mondialiste retained all of his old ability, that was a significant result for two additional reasons: it proved that he could mix it up at a higher grade in Europe, and that the stretch-out to about 10 1/2 furlongs was within his compass.
Mondialiste clearly enjoys himself at left-handed, galloping tracks like Woodbine and York, suggesting that Arlington will suit him to a tee. In his only prior appearance at York last August, he earned his signature European success in the 2015 Strensall (G3), collaring Mutakayyef (who was recently under Arlington Million consideration before opting for the August 17 Juddmonte International [G1]).
Although both of his North American forays have come on rain-affected courses, the blueblood is quite happy on good-to-firm going as well. He’d prefer a rollicking pace to set up his closing kick.
Like Million rivals Deauville and Decorated Knight, Mondialiste is by supersire Galileo. His dam is multiple Group 1-winning highweight Occupandiste, who’s produced a total of four stakes winners. Her most notable daughter, Group 2 vixen and classic-placed Impressionante, is responsible for 2013 French Derby (G1) star Intello – a three-quarter brother to Mondialiste.
Photo courtesy WEG/Michael Burns Photography