Sea The Moon’s Assistent Makes The Grade In Cologne

Henk Grewe trainee Assistent (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}–Anna Kalla {Ger}, by Kalatos {Ger}) went postward for Sunday’s G2 Carl Jaspers Preis at Cologne coming back off a half-length victory in Dusseldorf’s Listed Grand Prix Aufgalopp on seasonal return last month and upset G1 Grosser Preis von Bayern victor Tunnes (Ire) (Guiliani {Ire}), G1 Preis der Diana second Wagnis (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) and G1 Deutsches Derby runner-up Alter Adler (Ger) (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) for a career high in the 12-furlong feature.

Last year’s G1 Deutsches Derby and G1 Preis von Europa fourth enjoyed late support at the tills and was knocked down to odds of 53-10 facing a clutch of familiar foes. He was the last of seven into stride and employed patient tactics in rear for the most part. Making rapid headway out wide in the straight to overpower Tunnes approaching the final furlong, Assistent was urged clear in the closing stages to hit the line with rider Lukas Delozier upright in the irons and saluting the crowd. His margin of victory was 3 1/4 lengths back to Tunnes, with Best Of Lips (Ire) (The Gurkha {Ire}) two lengths adrift in third.

“That was a great performance from Assistent and a great ride from Lukas [Delozier], as he kept his nerve coming from back there,” Grewe told GaloppOnline. “The pace in the race was a good one, which certainly played into our hands, and the way he won was very impressive. Now we have to take our time to see how he comes out of this before making any decisions. Of course, remaining in Germany for his next start is still an option, but there are also a few opportunities abroad, so we shall wait and see.”

Pedigree Notes
Assistent, the 12th pattern-race winner for his sire (by Sea The Stars {Ire}), is the third of seven foals and lone stakes performer produced by an unraced full-sister to G3 Hamburger Stutenpreis victrix Anna Katharina (Ger) (Kallisto {Ger}), herself the dam of last term’s Listed Weidenpescher Steher Cup victrix Ankunft (GB) (New Approach {Ire}). The March-foaled dark bay’s dam is also kin to G3 Furstenberg-Rennen victor Adrian (Ger) (Reliable Man {GB}) and Listed Henkel Stutenpreis winner Attica (GB) (Tai Chi {Ger}). Assistent’s younger siblings include the unraced 2-year-old filly Aturana (Ger) (Tai Chi {Ger}) and a yearling filly and colt foal by Best Solution (Ire). Descendants of his G3 Hamburger Stutenpreis-winning third dam Anna Thea (Ire) (Turfkonig {Ger}) include last year’s G2 Derby Italiano hero Ardakan (GB) (Reliable Man {GB}) and MGSW G2 German 2000 Guineas runner-up Aspectus (Ire) (Spectrum {Ire}). Anna Thea is the leading performer for Anstandige (Ger) (Star Appeal {Ire}), herself a half-sister to G2 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) heroine and blue hen Anna Paola (Ger) (Prince Ippi {Ger}), whose Group 1-winning descendants include G1 Derby hero Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}).

Sunday, Cologne, Germany
CARL JASPERS PREIS-G2, €70,000, Cologne, 4-23, 4yo/up, 12fT, 2:33.13, g/s.
1–ASSISTENT (GER), 126, c, 4, by Sea The Moon (Ger)
1st Dam: Anna Kalla (Ger), by Kalatos (Ger)
2nd Dam: Anna Desta (Ger), by Desert Style (Ire)
3rd Dam: Anna Thea (Ire), by Turfkonig (Ger)
1ST GROUP WIN. (€58,000 Ylg ’20 BBAGS). O-Liberty Racing 2020; B-Gestut Rottgen (GER); T-Henk Grewe; J-Lukas Delozier. €40,000. Lifetime Record: GSP-Ity, 10-3-3-1, €155,900. Werk Nick Rating: C. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Tunnes (Ger), 130, c, 4, Guiliani (Ire)–Tijuana (Ger), by Toylsome (GB). (€38,000 Ylg ’20 BBAGS). O-Holger Renz; B-Paul H Vandeberg (GER); T-Peter Schiergen. €15,500.
3–Best Of Lips (Ire), 126, h, 5, The Gurkha (Ire)–Beata (Fr), by Silver Frost (Ire). (90,000gns RNA Ylg ’19 TAOCT). O-Stall Lintec; B-Stall Parthenaue (IRE); T-Andreas Suborics. €8,000.
Margins: 3 1/4, 2, HD. Odds: 5.30, 0.80, 8.80.
Also Ran: Wagnis (Ger), Alter Adler (Ger), Mansour (Ger), Dato (GB).

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