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Hansa-Preis (Group Two) – 2,400m

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Sunday is the opening day of the illustrious Deutsches Derby meeting at Hamburg racecourse. There are seven racedays over a ten day period and many days feature a Listed or Group race. The feature event on the first day is the G2 Hansa-Preis run over a distance of 2,400m and is worth €70,000. It is a race that in the past has been won by some of the great names of German horse racing including legendary sire Monsun, seven time G1 winner Lando who won the Deutsches Derby and Japan Cup and Elle Danzig who won the 1000 Guineas and Preis der Diana along with three G1’s.

 

This year’s renewal looks very strong as it features last season’s Deutsches Derby winner LUCKY SPEED [pictured], the G1 winning mare NYMPHEA, last time out Derby trial winner SIRUS and the talented PROTECTIONIST.

 

The key form for this race comes from the G2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmer that was run at Baden-Baden on 1 June 2014 over 2,400m, in which both Lucky Speed and Protectionist contested. The race is highlighted on German Racing Review. Protectionist who went into the race on the back of being placed in a Listed affair at Hoppegarten got the better of Lucky Speed who was making his seasonal reappearance. The pair raced close together for most the race but Protectionist always appeared to be travelling slightly the better, as they came into the home straight Lucky Speed went to the stands rail and Protectionist raced down the centre of the course. Protectionist was not given the hardest of rides and never looked like catching the winner Almandin but did finish a good second. Lucky Speed stayed on quite nicely but was never a threat back in third. It was very solid G2 race and the pair both ran with credit.

 

Lucky Speed won the 2013 Deutsches Derby and subsequently did not run again as a three year old after not pleasing Peter Schiergen in the second half of the season. He showed at Baden-Baden that he retained plenty of ability and a lot of improvement can be expected from the performance. Before landing the Deutsches Derby Lucky Speed had won the G3 Bavarian Classic on only his third start, he is extremely unexposed as a four year old and given the time Peter Schiergen has taken with this colt you can be confident he thinks an awful lot of him. Dennis Schiergen told German Racing Review he expects him to improve for his third on his seasonal reappearance: “Yes, was a nice run last time out after a long break”. He even went on to say the team “want to try to win Group races in England and France if he is in form”.

 

Lucky Speed is by the German bred Silvano who now stands in South Africa at the Maine Chance Farms. In 2012/13 he broke the South African record for earnings, siring six G1 winners. Lucky Speed’s dam is Lysuna who was G3 placed during her career, she has also produced Lyssio who was twice placed at listed level and also won two races in the UK including a class three at Epsom and a hurdles race. Another of her sons is Lyvius (by Paolini) who won twice on the flat in Germany before going to Nicky Henderson’s in the UK where he won the prestigious Listed Gerry Feilden hurdle at Newbury. There is plenty of stamina in the dam’s side of the pedigree and Lucky Speed has already shown to be a strong stayer over 2,400m in the Derby. It will be a really exciting season following him and hopefully he will be able to build on a fantastic although brief three year old campaign.

 

Protectionist also had a brief three year old campaign that came to an end after winning the Listed Derby trial at Bremen, so far this season he has showed he retains a lot of ability and has been place on both starts this season. He travelled extremely well for a long way in the G2 at Baden-Baden and could also be expected to improve for that outing. Andreas Wohler is famous for giving his horses time and on only his second start after a 300 plus days break he would surely have improved for the run.

 

He is by the brilliant Monsun and is owned/bred by the same connections as Novellist, Dr Christoph Berglar. His dam Patineuse was unraced but is from the family of the brilliant Pawneese who won the G1 Epsom Oaks, G1 Prix de Diane and the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. So far Patineuse has also produced Primatist (by Manduro) who has won four races in his career. Protectionist has a nice pedigree, which is well suited by middle distances and he is very unexposed for a four old which could mean there’s a big season ahead of him.

 

Nymphea is a very consistent and high class mare trained by Peter Schiergen, managing last season to win her first ever G1 in the Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten over 2,400m. She did a lot of travelling, running at the International racing festival in Turkey as well as racing in the UK and Hong Kong. She showed in the G3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock that she is a really gutsy mare and put in a really tenacious performance from the front and was only beat very late on in the race. On her seasonal reappearance this year she finished third in a G2 at Saint-Cloud over 2,200m where she was beat two and half lengths by Sijan’s Saga. German Racing Review spoke to Dennis Schiergen about her chances “She gave a good seasonal reappearance with top weight. The ground will be good on Sunday and I expect a nice run from her. I hope she will have a nice race in front.

 

There are lots of options for example the big Fillies and Mares Group 1. But there are many nice races where she can run.”

 

Nymphea is by former Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe winner Dylan Thomas, who this season sired both the Derby Italiano winner Dylan Mouth and Oaks D’Italia winner Final Score. Her dam is Neele (by Peintre Celebre), she won a race and was also G3 placed over 2,200m on soft ground. Nymphea is her first progeny to hit the racecourse, she does however have an unraced son by Duke of Marmalade which is in training with Peter Schiergen – he is a two year old and it will be interesting to see where he is placed this season. Neele’s sister won the Oaks D’Italia in 2009, there are plenty of other winners in the family and one of her relative Nightrockette has produced the Preis der Diana winner Night Petticoat. Nymphea has an exceptional pedigree and at the end of her racing career she should make up into a high class broodmare.

 

Sirus, who is trained by Andreas Lowe, is representing the classic generation in this affair and Simba has already showed in the G3 Grosser Preis der Wirtschaft last weekend that this seasons classic crop are more than capable of competing against their elders. That race, with full analysis can be seen by clicking this link. Sirus comes to this race on the back of a win in the Iffezheimer Derby-Trial at Baden-Baden over 2,200m. He beat the Peter Schiergen trained Giant’s Cauldron by a length, who subsequently travelled well for a long way in the G2 Union-Rennen before fading late on behind Sea the Moon. It was a very nice performance on only his third racecourse appearance and it is almost certain that further improvement will follow.

 

Sirius is by Dashing Blade who stands at Gestut Etzean, Sirius’s dam is Saratina who is by Monsun. She won three starts during her career, her only other progeny to date is Saratino who was placed in a G3 at Dortmund who also run in the Deutsches Derby. Further back in the family is Sommernacht who has produced three time group winner Sommerabend. He is from a nice German family and appears to have a good future ahead of him over middle distances.

 

This is a really strong renewal of the race with some really exciting prospects, although Lucky Speed and Protectionist are four year olds they still have relatively low miles of the clock and could progress further. This year’s classic generation seems to be strong group and given Sirius’s nice victory last time out in a Listed Derby trial, he could prove up to beating his elders.

 

By Ryan Ferris & Michael Andrews

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