The Breeders' Cup may be billed as the World Cup of horse racing but it doesn't usually have much of an impact on punters in the territory. This time round it could be a different story come December, with connections of Mile winner Da Hoss expressing an interest in the International races. So, how did the first Breeders' Cup held in Canada match up to previous years? The undisputed authority on speed figures in North America is Andrew Beyer, whose ratings are published in the Daily Racing Form, and comparing the bare figures with last year's event there is no doubt this year's renewal is up to scratch. Da Hoss clocked a Beyer rating of 114 at Woodbine, the same speed figure Ridgewood Pearl earned at Belmont Park 12 months earlier. To put the performance into better perspective, in general 10 points has to be added to a Beyer rating to put it on the same level as Topspeed. But we can learn more from Saturday's action than just the level of ability of the participants. Beyer's associate Mark Hopkins believes this year's Breeders' Cup is an ideal example of when you need to look behind the figures because of a track bias that was 'unfair to those racing on the outside and massively favoured the rail'. It seems the problem of track preparation is worldwide and even the most prestigious meeting of the year is not immune. In the Sprint, Lit De Justice flashed home from last to first in course record time and it was no surprise his Beyer rating of 114 put Desert Stormer's 1995 winning effort of 107 into the shade. However, Lit De Justice enjoyed a dream run on the rails off a break-neck gallop and considering the heavy track bias this notorious off-the-pace runner didn't quite return the exceptional effort it appeared to be at first glance. Beyer Associates Inc is more charitable about American and Dubai World Cup champion Cigar. Although the lack of a truly outstanding figure in his past performances led them to believe his aura of invincibility was more down to hype than proven ability, it reckons he produced one of the performances of the season in the Classic on Saturday. Hopkins said: 'Considering his trip, he [Cigar] probably ran a superior race to last season. It was his best effort of this year.' When you consider Cigar clocked 117 a year ago but managed just 114 behind Alphabet Soup (115) this time round it may not seem the most obvious of conclusions. But the reasoning is simple. Cigar was taken five wide virtually throughout. In keeping Cigar wide throughout (Alphabet Soup was allowed to take a tighter line in the back straight) Jerry Bailey was guiding his mount through the slowest ground. That's what cost him. As for Da Hoss, if he does make it over for International Day, don't bank on homefield advantage or a track bias playing against him. His trainer Michael Dickinson was not going to let any possible track bias beat his stable star at Woodbine. Word has it, still not satisfied after walking the course and using a penetrometer he sent a lady companion to get a pair of stiletto heeled shoes. She walked the course and reported firmer going under the rails. The rest is history. Maybe Ivan Allan and company should polish off their spike heels in preparation!