Germany: Fabre bids for Group 1 with supplemented Elliptique

Andre Fabre

Andre Fabre: trainer of Elliptique

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Preview: Germany, Sunday

Grosser Dallmayr-Preis- Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (Group 1), 1m2f, 3yo+

MUNICH’S Dallmayr-Preis (3.40), Germany’s most important middle-distance event, has attracted a strong field and André Fabre added spice to the race when supplementing Elliptique earlier in the week and booking Frankie Dettori to ride the Rothschild-owned five-year-old.

Elliptique is unproven at Group 1 level, but his close fourth in the Prix Dollar (Group 2) last October was a good effort and last time out he was runner-up in La Coupe at Chantilly and that form was given a boost when Night Wish, three lengths behind in third, won the Grand Prix de Vichy on Wednesday night.

“He has been working well since La Coupe,” reports Fabre. “It looks
 a competitive race but he will run well. It is a very good track and the long straight and the expected strong pace will suit him.”

The strong pace is expected to be set by front-runner Ito (Jean-Pierre Carvalho/Filip Minarik), whose team won this last year. Ito himself won a Group 1 over a mile and a half year here last November, but this shorter trip may be even better.

He meets the two horses that finished in front of him at Baden-Baden two months ago, Iquitos (Hans-Jürgen Gröschel/Ian Ferguson) and Articus (Waldemar Hickst/Marc Lerner) on 3kg better
terms. However both of those have shown improved form since, Iquitos when running up to the smart Protectionist at Hamburg, and the lightly-raced Articus when winning at Hanover.

The fly in the ointment could be Potemkin (Andreas Wöhler/Eduardo Pedroza), owned by football star Klaus Allofs, the most improved horse in Germany who has won seven of his last eight starts. Wöhler also saddles his own Incantator (Jozef Bojko), a half-brother to this year’s German Derby winner Isfahan, but Potemkin looks his better hope and is the likely favourite according to local bookmakers.

Another big improver is the filly Royal Solitaire (Peter Schiergen/Andrasch Starke), who is unbeaten in three starts this season, twice narrowly defeating the other filly in this field, Nymeria (Waldemar Hickst/Andreas Suborics).

This looks a very open race, with the proven Group 1 performer Ito up against several big improvers. The race is the fifth leg of the German Racing Champions League, which is currently led by Ito, and trainer Carvalho, who was won the last three Group 1 races run at Munich says: “There are four or even more potential winners in this field, but Ito is definitely one of them.”


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