Neue Bult Cup (Listed) – 2,000m – Germany, Sunday
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Sunday at Hannover is one of the final recognised Preis der Diana (German Oaks) trials in Germany. It is for three year old fillies, over 2,000m. This year’s renewal offers some real clues for the Fillies Classic in under one month’s time at Dusseldorf. Eight runners are set to line up on Sunday, with the likely principles being the exceptionally bred NINFEA, the French raider SARINDA, the 1000 Guineas fifth NINAS TERZ and Makus Klug’s WORLD’S DREAM.
NINFEA comes into this race after winning her maiden at Hoppegarten over 2,000m which can be viewed here.
She was held up in midfield for most of the race and ran on really nicely in the closing stages to grab the victory. She was extremely green in the home straight and it took all of Eddie Pedroza’s horsemanship to get her running straight enough to mow down her rivals. She travelled very well during the race and she would be expected to improve a lot from the performance. The additional 200m appears to be a real positive; she stayed on very strongly and eventually won drawing clear from the field. The form of this race has taken some knocks with only the fourth LILYDALE (by It’s Gino) going on to win.
Her debut came in September at Cologne over 1,600m which can be viewed here, where finished she second beaten four lengths behind Sunday’s runaway winner of the Deutsches Derby SEA THE MOON. Both horses on this occasion were extremely green, so the distance beaten cannot be read literally but it was a more than encouraging debut.
NINFEA has a lovely pedigree, her sire is SELKIRK – who’s best son to date was the Dubai Duty Free winner CITYSCAPE. His progeny generally appreciate fast ground and are at their best around the 2,000m mark. NINFEA’s dam is NIGHT LAGOON, who won the G3 Winterkonigin at Baden-Baden as a two year old. She is a half sister to NIGHT TANGO (Nenuphar) who finished second in the 2005 Deutsches Derby. However it is a broodmare where she has really excelled; she has so far produced six horses and each have a win to their name. Her best son is the exceptional NOVELLIST, who broke the course record at Ascot in the 2013 G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He also won the G1’s Grand Prix de Saint Cloud, Grosser Preis von Baden & the Premio Del Jockey Club Italiano all over 2,400m.
She has also produced NUNTIUS who has only suffered one defeat in his four starts to date and he bids to win his first Listed prize on Sunday, in the Bavarian-Preis at Munich over 2,000m.
NINAS TERZ ran a really nice race when finishing fifth in the G2 German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf over 1,600m on good ground that can be viewed on www.germanracingreview.com. She raced very prominently throughout and briefly took up the lead in the home straight. She was soon passed but stayed on nicely suggesting a step up in trip would suit her. The form of the Guineas appears to be very strong, the third (DIAMOND DOVE) and sixth (ARTWORK GENIE) have go on to run very well in a well above average fillies & mares G3 at Hamburg over 1,600m where they finished second and third respectively. The fourth from the 1000 Guineas EVITA PERON has since won the Listed Eternal Stakes at Newmarket over 1,400m easily, by two and three quarter lengths. The 1000 Guineas was her fourth start – she had previously finished second in a Listed race behind ARTWORK GENIE and won her maiden at Krefeld over 1,300m. This Peter Schiergen filly still appears to be very progressive and has very solid form in the book.
She is by TERTULLIAN who is from the family of champion stallion GALILIEO. To date TERTULLIAN’s best progeny is IRIAN who won the G2 German 2000 Guineas and the G2 Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Cup. He also produced MAWINGO who won the G1 Doomben Cup in Australia. TERTULLIAN currently stands at Gestut Erftmuhle for €5,000. His dam NINA CELEBRE (by Peintre Celebre) won two Listed races during her career over 2,000m on good and soft ground. Her only other progeny is a yearling by SHAMARDAL called NINAS SHADOW. NINA CELEBRE is by 2003 G1 Preis der Diana winner NEXT GINA (by Perugino) who was also out of a Preis Der Diana winner NIGHT PETTICOAT. NIGHT PETTICOAT has also produced a G1 Deutsches Derby winner NEXT DESERT (by Desert Style). NINAS TERZ is stepping up 400m in distance but based on breeding there are lots of suggestions this will bring about further progression from her already good level of form.
SARINDA is trained by French based Henri-Alex Pantall, her last start was also in Germany where she finished two and a half lengths behind WUNDER in the Listed Dianna-Trial at Baden-Baden over 1,800m which can be viewed on www.germanracingreview.com. She travelled with real enthusiasm in midfield and was keen for a large portion of the race. She was unable to stay with the eventual winner WUNDER who has since won the G3 Prix Chloe at Chantilly and is the current favourite for the Preis Der Dianna. LACY and WORLD’S DREAM finished fifth and fourth at Baden-Baden respectively and went onto finish first and third respectively in the Listed BMW Preis at Dusseldorf.
SARINDA is by DUBAWI who has so far produced Newmarket 2000 Guineas winners MAKFI and NIGHT OF THUNDER. His other G1 winners include AL KAZEEM (Coral Eclipse & Prince of Wales’ Stakes) and MONTEROSO (Dubai World Cup). Her dam is VIOLA DA BRACCIO (by Vettori) who did not win in ten racecourse appearances. Her best progeny to date is PLEASURE GAIN (by Cape Cross) who has won six races and over £300,000 in prize money. SARINDA is also from the family of seven time G1 winner ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, who was exceptional over 1,400m to 1,600m. SARINDA is a free going sort and the step up in distance is not obvious to bring about improvement on either run style or pedigree, however if she can settle she will be a real danger in this affair.
WORLD’S DREAM is still a maiden but has run very well in similar races, she was placed last time out in the Listed BMW Preis which can be viewed on www.germanracingreview.com. She is very consistent and will no doubt run her race once again but is likely to find at least one of the less exposed horses to much for her. She is by DOYEN who stands at Sunnyhill Stud in South Africa. She is related to numerous winners including Listed winner WORLD’S MISSION.
GLOBAL WAND comes here on only her third start and she broke her maiden impressively last time out at Dortmund over 1,750m. She won with authority by four and a half lengths under minimal assistance from the saddle. She still looked very green but certainly has a nice engine on her and should continue to progress.
She is also by DOYEN and is from the dam GOONDA who won one race during her career. She has however produced eleven separate winners. Including G3 winner GLOBAL THRILL (by Big Shuffle), G2 placed GLOBAL BANG (by Manduro), G3 placed GLOBAL DANCER (by Shareef Dancer) and G2 winner GLOBAL DREAM (by Seattle Dancer). GOONDA has an unraced two year old GLOBAL THUNDER (by Lando). GLOBAL WAND looks to have a lot of ability and on pedigree should appreciate the additional distance.
This is a real nice trial for the Preis der Dianna and an impressive win could easily put one of these right in amongst the Preis der Dianna picture. NINFEA has the most exciting profile being a half sister to Novellist and appearing to win with a lot of improvement left last time out. Of the others, Global Wind is from a really nice German family and looked extremely good on her last start.
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