Germany: Belgian delight as Sirius takes Grosser Preis Von Berlin

Report: Germany, Sunday

Hoppegarten: 124th Grosser Preis von Berlin (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+ 

THE Belgian connection triumphed in Hoppegarten on Sunday when Sirius (Andreas Löwe/Stephen Hellyn) came with a strong late run to win the Grosser Preis von Berlin.

For both Belgian owner Wim van de Pol and jockey Hellyn it was their biggest ever win, but veteran trainer Löwe knows how to deliver the goods and only a fortnight ago had scored at this level at Munich.

The winner was a cheap BBAG yearling purchase, but Löwe said: “We always thought he was going to be good and deliberately did not run him in the German Derby as we felt he was not mature enough at that time. He also had an entry in the Great Voltigeur, but in the end we decided that this was the more suitable race and supplemented him here. The Grosser Preis von Baden is likely to be his next start.”

Hellyn rode a waiting race, as Iniciar made the running, with Earl of Tinsdal and Lucky Speed close up. Freddie Tylicki´s mount Berlin Berlin looked the most likely winner, but as she was being called home by the patriotic crowd, Sirius came on the wide outside and swamped her for speed to win by half a length.

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