Mission too far for Noble
The Lady Cecil trained Noble Mission was given the challenge of the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis – Bayerisches Zuchtrennen in Munich this afternoon but despite a gallant effort could not see it through, going down to the roaring Lucky Lion by just 1/2 length.
The 5yo, a full brother to the mighty Frankel, had finally started to clamber to the expectations placed upon him this season with Group 3 victories at Sandown and Chester, before breaking his Group 1 duck in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May. A change to front-running tactics had seen the son of Galileo finally arrive at the highest level but despite this, he did go down by just a head in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud last time out.
Despite that defeat over 1m 4f, Noble Mission was sent off the 3/5 favourite for today’s contest stepped back in trip to 1m 2f. Regular jockey James Doyle was again in the saddle of Lady Cecil’s charge but having been slow out of the stalls, he could not immediately get his mount to his favoured position at the head of the field.
Having been made to travel wide early, everything was back to normal when Nible Mission hit the front on the turn in but Lucky Lion, runner-up in the German Derby earlier in the month, was beginning to rally and eventually got on top to record victory for trainer Andreas Lowe and jockey Ioritz Mendizabal.
The performance of Lucky Lion payed a huge compliment to big ‘Arc’ fancy Sea The Moon who had stuffed today’s winner by 11 lengths in the German Derby, a performance that must surely now feature among the most impressive this season across Europe.
By Kevin Walsh 27/7/14
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