Cape Cross’s Guignol Takes the Grosser Preis Von Baden

By Tom Frary

Rested since a disappointing fourth in the July 1 G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis at Hamburg, Guignol showed what an effective front-runner he is on his best days by dominating this renewal under a perfectly-judged ride from Filip Minarik. Jumping out of the shadows when sent to the lead by Michael Cadeddu in Munich’s G1 Grosser Preis Von Bayern in November, the Ullmann homebred had upset the Godolphin raiders Racing History (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) and Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy). He traded at odds of 33-1 for that 12-furlong contest which were inflated given that he had finished third to the country’s standard-bearer Protectionist (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) in both Hamburg’s G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis in July and the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten the following month. Cutting no ice when sixth on his return in the G1 Prix Ganay over 10 1/2 furlongs at Saint-Cloud at the beginning of May, the bay returned to domestic duty to upstage Iquitos by a neck in the 11-furlong G2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft here May 28 prior to his below-par effort in the Hansa-Preis.
Enjoying it easy initially, he started to wind it up a long way from home with Godolphin’s Prize Money (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) keeping him honest and by the time he had turned into the straight he looked to have all his opponents in trouble. With old rival Iquitos failing to pick up in his usual style on the inner and running slightly flat, Guignol stayed out on his own for a commanding success as Colomano fared best of the 3-year-olds.
Guignol is one of two group 1 winners out of the G1 Oaks d’Italia heroine Guadalupe, with the other being the G1 Grosser Dallmay-Preis hero Guiliani. Guadalupe is also the dam of the dual listed winner and G3 Walther J Jacobs-Stutenpreis runner-up Guantana (Ger) (Dynaformer), who is herself the dam of three black-type performers headed by the G2 Gerling-Preis scorer Guardini (Fr) (Dalakhani {Ire}). Guadalupe is a full-sister to the 2009 winner of this prestige event Getaway (Ger), who also captured the and G1 Grosser Preis von Dusseldorf, as well as being a half-sister to the Listed Grand Prix de Lyon winner and G2 Prix de Pomone and G3 Geoffrey Freer S. runner-up Guadalajara (Ger) (Acatenango {Ger}). This is also the family of the five-times group 1-winning Alexander Goldrun (Ire) (Goldaway {Ire}) and the high-class stayer Royal Rebel (GB) (Robellino). Guadalupe’s as-yet unraced 2-year-old filly by Lawman (Fr) is named Guardian Witch (Ire), while her yearling filly by Australia (GB) is named Gympie (Ger).

Sunday, Baden-Baden, Germany
145TH LONGINES GROSSER PREIS VON BADEN-G1, €250,000, BDB, 9-3, 3yo/up, 12fT, 2:32.55, gd.
1–GUIGNOL (GER), 132, h, 5, by Cape Cross (Ire)
1st Dam: Guadalupe (Ger) (G1SW-Ity, G1SP-Eng Ger, $449,281), by Monsun (Ger)
2nd Dam: Guernica (GB), by Unfuwain
3rd Dam: Greenvera, by Riverman
O/B-Stall Ullmann (GER); T-Jean-Pierre Carvalho; J-Filip Minarik. €150,000. Lifetime Record: 13-5-0-2, €338,900. *1/2 to Guiliani (Ire) (Tertullian), G1SW-Ger SW-Fr, $283,906; Guantana (Ger) (Dynaformer), MSW GSP-Ger; and Gauguin (Ger) (Tertullian), SP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report 5-cross pedigree.
2–Iquitos (Ger), 132, h, 5, Adlerflug (Ger)–Irika (Ger), by Areion (Ger). O-Stall Mulligan; B-Dr Erika Buhmann (GER); T-Hans-Jurgen Groschel. €60,000.
3–Colomano (GB), 125, c, 3, Cacique (Ire)–Codera (Ger), by Zilzal. (€43,000 Ylg ’15 BBAGS). O-Stall Reckendorf; B-Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof (GB); T-Markus Klug. €25,000.
Margins: 2HF, SHD, 1. Odds: 3.80, 1.20, 7.50.
Also Ran: Windstoss (Ger), Best Solution (Ire), Prize Money (Ire). Scratched: Spend the Cash (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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