Grosser Dallymayr-Preis G1, Sunday Munich
On Sunday it is Germany’s only G1 over 2,000m, the Grosser Dallymayr-Preis at Munich. The race has in the past been won by some top class horses including three time G1 winner for Peter Schiergen TIGER HILL who has went to be a prominent stallion, the brilliant filly ELLE DANIZ and four time G1 winner SOLIDIER HOLLOW.
This year’s renewal has increased interest, after the decision from Lady Jane Cecil and the Juddmonte team to run NOBLE MISSION. The race has lots of interesting angles with Alex Pantall electing to send MR POMMEROY here from France, the home team (which looks very strong) with four year old BERMUDA REEF as well as LUCKY LION, MAGIC ARTIST and SPEEDY APPROACH representing the classic generation.
So far this season NOBLE MISSION has been a revelation. He had previously been a frustrating type who often flattered to deceive, however with the change of tactics from being held up to leading from the gates, has improved his form dramatically. He has always been a strong galloper and he appears to be really enjoying being able to use his long stride to bowl along in the lead.
Last time out he finished second in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 2,400m, having led the entire race until the final strides where he was collared by the rapidly improving SPIRITJIM (by Galileo). NOBLE MISSION had looked to have had the race won, but despite James Doyles best efforts he was unable to cling on for the win. NOBLE MISSION is ideally suited by distance shorter than 2,400m with a slight ease in the ground as he proved when winning his first G1 in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh over 2,100m. He beat the Breeders Cup Turf winner MAGICIAN by one and a quarter lengths and, having set off at a strong pace, he had started to tire in the closing stages allowing his challengers to close on him. On his previous starts this season he was beaten at Newbury in the G3 John Porter Stakes (he was held up) before starting his winning spree in the G3 Gordon Richard Stakes and G3 Huxley Stakes over 2,000m, both on soft ground.
NOBLE MISSION (by Galileo) is a full brother to the great FRANKEL, who won over distances between 1,400m to 2,000m. Their dam KIND (by Danehill) has also produced stakes winners JOYEUSE (by Oasis Dream) and BULLET TRAIN (by Sadler’s Wells).
On Sunday he will have is ideal trip and should be able to dictate matters upfront, however his improvement this season has been with ease in the ground. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the likely fast ground on Sunday. He has the strongest form in the book and is the horse they all need to beat.
LUCKY LION trained by Andreas Lowe finished a creditable second in the Deutsches Derby [view here], behind the runaway winner SEA THE MOON. On his previous start he had won the Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen (2000 Guineas) at Cologne over 1,600m [view here]. Going into the Derby it was questioned whether LUCKY LION would have the necessary stamina to stay the additional 800m, but he battled all the way to the line and proved he was capable. Visually the most impressive performance from him this season was the G3 Dr Busch Memorial [view here] over 1,700m at Krefeld. He travelled powerfully throughout the race and Ioritz Mendizabal only had to guide colt to the outside of the field in the home straight to score cosily. He beat the consistent NORDICO and recent sale to Hong Kong ANDOYAS by a length and three quarters at Krefeld. Visually this was a really taking performance.
LUCKY LION cost €80,000 as a yearling and he is by top sire HIGH CHAPARRAL and out of the BIG SHUFFLE mare LIPS ARROW. HIGH CHAPARRAL has produced numerous top class performers including SO YOU THINK, TORONADO, GOLDEN SWORD and HIGH HEELED. LIPS ARROW won twice at Listed level over 1,400m on good ground, as well as placed twice at Group Three level. She is a half sister to LIPS POISON (by MAMOOL) who won a Group Two at Dusseldorf over 1,600m on soft ground. LUCKY LION’s grand dam REINE CAROLINE (by ROYAL ACADEMY) produced dual Group Two winner BEACON LODGE (by CLODOVIL) over distances between 1,400m and 1,600m.
He should be perfectly suited by the 2,000m and he appears to have the conditions in his favour. He will be receiving nine pounds from the likes of NOBLE MISSION and BERMUDA REEF and lines up as a big player who requires plenty of respect. It will be really interesting to see how he fares as he will give a good guide to the Deutsches Derby form. If he goes close to winning this will be pay the biggest of compliments to SEA THE MOON and his potential bid to secure the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for Markus Klug.
BERMUDA REEF has been a revelation so far this season winning all three of his racecourse starts. He started his winning sequence at Baden-Baden on 31 May over 2,000m where he was a 1/10 favourite to win the race. He then went onto win the Listed Sachsen Preis [view here] at Dresden over 2,000m. He galloped the field into submission by setting a strong pace from the opening of the gates. In the home straight Adrie de Vries merely had to keep his mount up to his work to win by two and a half lengths. The strength of the form would not be up to the level of Sunday’s race but he won comfortably with plenty left in the tank. His latest victory came on Deutsches Derby day in the Hamburg Trophy [view here] which is run over 2,400m. He travelled easily from off the pace, when asked to quicken he cut through the field to take the lead. He idled a little in front and ended up winning by a length and quarter from VANISHING CUPID.
Peter Schiergen told www.GermanRacingReview.com “He came out of his last race well and has shown us improvement from every run this year“. At three year he was slightly disappointing and failed to make an impact in the Derby “He was always very highly regarded in our yard and he needed some time to show this. We hope he will continue to improve and show his ability.” The progression this season has rapid and he will be racing in G1 company for the first time since the Derby “We are really happy so far this season. He has won all his three starts in style. So this is a step up in class, but we are sure he can step up and will show a good performance.” As for future plans “The owner is from Munich, so this is one of his main targets this year.”
He is by top sire OASIS DREAM, his dam was the top class BORGIA (by ACATENANGO) who won the 1997 Deutsches Derby for Olivier Peslier and Andre Fabre. BORGIA’s has brother was BOREAL (by JAVA GOLD) who was also a dual G1 winner, winning both the Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Deutsches Derby. BORGIA has already produced four other winners including BISCAYA BAY (by DANSILI) who has show decent form in France for Andre Fabre.
BERMUDA REEF has a high class pedigree and is finally showing the ability connections always felt he had. His wins this season have been with great authority and he has won with plenty in hand. He is versatile in terms of his run style and could benefit from NOBLE MISSION setting a nice tempo. There is a suspicion that he is at his best with a touch of ease in the ground, so any rain to fall in Munich would be a positive.
MAGIC ARTIST trained by Wolfgang Figge is another representing the Classic generation, he ran down the field in the Deutsches Derby but he obviously didn’t stay the 2,400m. On his previous start he won the G3 Bavarian Classic [view here] over 2,000m at Munich in emphatic style by three and a half lengths from SPEEDY APPROACH who also lines up on Sunday. He sat prominently throughout the race and showed a nice turn of pace early in the straight to go clear of his rivals. He had previously been beaten by SEA THE MOON by two and a half lengths in the G3 Frühjahrs-Preis des Bankhauses Metzler at Frankfurt over 2,000m.
MAGIC ARTIST is a son of IFFRAAJ and out of ARTISTI who is an unraced half sister to MASTERY (by Sulamani) who won English St Leger and the Italian Derby. She is also a half sister to KIRKLEES (by Jade Robbery) who won the Group Two York Stakes and the Group Three September Stakes at Kempton Park. ARTISTI has also produced dual winner MAGIC ART (by Nayef), who is now in training with Marco Botti. Further back in the family is CHEROKEE ROSE (by Dancing Brave) who won the G1’s Prix Maurice de Gheest and the Haydock Sprint Cup in 1995.
MAGIC ARTIST has a really nice pedigree and his best performance to date was under these same conditions in the Bavarian Classic. He will also receive the nine pound weight allowance from NOBLE MISSION and BERMUDA REEF. He has to prove he is up to this class, but he has everything in his favour to do so on Sunday and he could upset the party for some of the more favoured runners.
The well bred filly CALYXA who won a G3 at Hamburg over 2,000m and the Henri-Alex Pantall trained MR POMMEROY who finished sixth in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club behind Wild Chief (fourth) who finished fifth in the Deutsches Derby, also are in the line up.
This is a high class renewal of Munich’s feature race of the season and would not look out of place as a G1 anywhere around the globe. NOBLE MISSION is a proven G1 performer and sets a high standard for the German horses. However LUCKY LION, BERMUDA REEF and MAGIC ARTIST are all exciting horses in their own right and it would be no surprise if one of them was up to beating NOBLE MISSION especially if the potential rain does not fall.
By Ryan Ferris. www.germanracingreview.com
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