Not one of the better known European Group Ones but raced at one of the more beautiful tracks and easy picking for those looking for black type for future breeding purposes over the years though without a winning favourite in the last four renewals. The British raiders had a field day in the early 2000’s with the winner from 2000 to 2005 inclusive but nine since, though this year could possibly see them back on target. Below is our detailed race preview ahead of the Grosser Preis Von Baden 2017 with our selection, of course.
IN SUMMARY: A tough one to call with last year’s winner Iquitos an obvious starting point but German Derby winner WINDSTOSS arrives here with a big reputation having come from last to first to win at Hamburg by a comfortable length in a huge field. He gets an age allowance as a three-year-old and is the mount of the excellent Adrie de Vries giving him every chance of a success this afternoon in a race where tactics may well play their part with a possible lack of early pace.
1 GUIGNOL – Trained by Jean-Paul Guignol here in Germany the five-year-old is a decent sort with a Group Two win already this season here over a furlong shorter when he held off Iquitos by a neck at level weights. The pairing meet again on the same terms here but the extra furlong way well play more to his rival’s strengths than his though he seems sure to get involved over a track he has proved he likes and for jockey Filip Minarik who is in good form recently with two wins from his last five rides for a 40% success rate and over twelve points of level stakes profit.
2 IQUITOS – One of three runners here who won last time out, in his case for Hans-Jurgen Roschel after the five-year-old son of Adlerflug best Best Solution (see below) by a staying on length and a half at Munich in the Group One Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayerisches Zuchtrennen in late July over ten furlongs, and he meets the Saeed Bin Suroor trained colt on two pound better terms which suggest the form ought to be upheld. He won this race last season by two and three-quarter lengths and looks to have a lot in his favour here with Andrasch Starke in the saddle.
3 PRIZE MONEY – Possibly the Godolphin number one for Saeed Bin Suroor with Martin Harley booked to ride. He is held on earlier form when over nine lengths adrift of Iquitos at Munich in July and has a lot to find on the same terms this afternoon even if the stable are in great form of late. He has won four of his fourteen starts and over half a million pounds in prize money so far, and was only four and a half lengths adrift of Jack Hobbs in the Sheema Classic at Meydan in March and would put in a bi effort if able to repeat that here.
4 SPEND THE CASH – Despite winning last time out at Bad Harzburg by five lengths that was his first win on his tenth start and a very minor contest that simply does not equate to anything near to this class. Lilley to start at a big price here and rightly so on that form, but that was his first run since moving to Markus Glug and he may yet have some improvement in him, but surely not enough to get competitive here in this field.
5 BEST SOLUTION – William Carson rides for Saeed Bin Suroor here and as a three-year-old, the son of Kodiac gets seven pounds for his elders. He was only a length and a half adrift of Iquitos in July but is two pounds worse off this afternoon and obviously has a bit to find here but has more room for improvement than most and could be the surprise package here. The yard continues in good form and he may do better over this trip (fished a solid eighth in the Derby) but connections will need to find a tactical advantage from somewhere to beat Iquitos here.
6 COLOMANO – His last win was at Cologne in the Group Two Oppenheim-Union-Renne in June when seeing off stable companion Windstoss by half a length over a mile and three and the pair of them meet on the same terms here. Jockey bookings suggest he may not be the first choice here but on form he looks to have a far better chance than his odds imply and is fully entitled to challenge.
7 WINDSTOSS – The fact that Adrie de Vries rides the son of Shirocco suggests he is the Markus Klug number one (of three), and he will need to reverse June form with Colomano at the same weights. He has come out and won again since at Hamburg to take the Group One Germany Derby coming from way back to win by a length going away and could just be improving fast enough that he can go on again here and win this under one of the best jockeys in the race.