Amaron Picks Up Another Group Prize
Sunday saw the G3 Grosser Preis der Wirtschaft run over 1,750m at Dortmund. Last season’s winner NEATICO was back to defend his crown and he was joined by the classy AMARON, the unexposed three year old SIMBA and the new German recruit RED DUBAWI. It appeared to be on paper to be a very strong G3, with some very unexposed types and some proven performers at the grade.
As they came of the home bend Fabien Lefebvre on Amaron was sitting motionless clearly travelling well. Neatico started to be niggled in fourth to make his move while Eddie Pedroza was going kindly on Simba but had very little room to manoeuvre, so was eager to find a gap whilst Eddy Hardouin started a sweeping move around the field from last place.
With 200m of the contest to go the race was wide open, Amaron was being hard ridden and Simba was still looking for a gap in behind him. Amaron really stayed on well even when Simba finally got his gap. At the finish line Amaron won by a half a length with Simba just getting up close home for second denying Red Dubawi in the final strides.
This was the first time AMARON has won at a distance of over 1,600m since he beat the talented pair of Energizer and Pastorius back in 2012 in the G3 Dr Busch Stakes over 1,800m. Energizer went on to win the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot that season becoming Germany’s first ever winner at meeting and Pastorius went on to win that years renewal of the Deutsches Derby beating the brilliant Novellist. Amaron is a five year old entire but based on today’s evidence, there is plenty of racing left him. He travelled supremely well for most the race and when needed showed a great attitude to fight all the way to the line. He will no doubt pick up more races of this nature.
Trained by Andreas Löwe, AMARON has been excellent for his connections since his two year-old days, winning a Group 3 as a two year old as well as a Group 1 in Italy at three.
His jockey, Fabien Lefebvre, on Sunday told German Racing Review: “He was confident, relaxed before and after the race; he likes to run with the leaders.”
Andreas Löwe, his trainer, said his next target would be the Group 2 Meilen-Trophy at Hannover run over 1,600m on 13 July. Both trainer and jockey alike have clearly considered taking in a race over 2000m, with Lefebvre stating “Sure he is a horse for 1600m, but today 1750m wasn’t a problem. We will only know if the team test him over 2000m.” His trainer said he’d definitely “thought about it”.
When asked about Amaron’s future his trainer was optimistic, saying it’s very likely he’ll go to stud as a stallion and this “could be” his last year in training. However he also stated it’s very difficult to find a suitable place in Germany, so there is a chance he may stand outside the country to which he’s made his own.
He has already ran outside Germany, picking up his Group 1 prize in Milan and also taking a Group 3 at Saint Cloud last year. He was “unlucky” when tackling Farhh in the Lockinge in 2013 as “he had a problem after this race” but his trainer hasn’t discounted further exploits, especially if he was to stand as a stallion in the UK.
Amaron is a real stable star for his trainer Andreas Lowe and has so far won nearly £230,000 in prize money.
SIMBA today faced a big step up in class against his elders and he handled it in great style. He still showed signs of immaturity during the race but this good looking son of Teofilo certainly has a promising career ahead of him. The Wohler team would not be delighted with what they saw, he did struggle to get a gap in the home straight but when he did he stayed on powerfully to grab second place. This was a really good G3, and there is no doubt Simba will win Group races in the future, he appears quite big and Wohler is notorious for not rushing his charges and he could make into an exciting four year old over 2,000m next season.
Simba is by the former Champion two year old Teofilo who has had a successful stallion career to date. His progeny generally do best at 2,000m to 2,400m and have shown a liking for very fast ground. His dam was Sarabia who won a Listed race over 1,400m and also placed in two other Listed races during her career. Her family is not particularly inspiring but Simba is her produce so she has made a very solid start to her broodmare career.
RED DUBAWI proved that his victory at Baden-Baden in a G3 on his first start in Germany was no fluke and ran yet another brilliant race. When he was trained in Ireland by David Marnane he mainly raced over sprinting distances, in his first two start for Frau E Mader he has shown a real liking for the step back up in trip. On both starts he has been ridden with great patience and on both occasions he has travelled with great zest. He showed a nice turn of foot with 400m to go to go past most the field and was only beat off late on for second place. He would possibly be suited by a drop back to 1,600m as he did appear to tire late on but he is another who will be winning races throughout the season in Germany and Europe.
The seven year old gelding NEATICO ran a nice race finishing close up in fourth, having to race wide throughout, covering a lot of additional ground. He would be suited to the step back up to 2,000m. He appeared to be one paced in the home straight and could never fully throw down a challenge to the eventual winner Amaron. It was however a good run and shows the old boy still has plenty of miles left on the clock.
This appeared to be a competitive renewal of the race beforehand and it did not disappoint. The form from this race should work out very well during the season and plenty of winners should come from it. It was interesting to see that Simba performed so well against the elders, it shows that the general perception that this year’s classic generation is very good is almost certainly correct. Amaron is a fantastic servant to his connections and was a popular winner; he should go on to build on this win throughout the year.
By Ryan Ferris & Michael Andrews
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