Thursday, Royal Ascot, Britain
, £70,000, Ascot, 6-21, 3yo, 1 1/4mT, 2:10.03, gd/sf.
1–@ENERGIZER (GER), 126, c, 3, by Monsun (Ger)
1st Dam: Erytheis, by Theatrical (Ire)
2nd Dam: Enthused, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Magic of Life, by Seattle Slew
O-Gestut Schlenderhan; B-Baron Georg von Ullmann; T-Jens Hirschberger; J-Adrie de Vries; £39,697. Lifetime Record: 6-2-1-0, £75,645. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 126, c, 3, Dansili (GB)
--Indication (GB), by Sadler's Wells. O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd; T-Sir Henry Cecil; £7,532.
, 126, c, 3, Motivator (GB)--Granted (Fr), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB). (28,000gns yrl '10 TATOCT). O-P C J Dalby & R D Schuster; B-Edward David Kessly; T-James Toller; £3,752.
Margins: 2HF, 2HF, NK. Odds: 15-2, 11-1, 7-1.
Also Ran: Mukhadram (GB), Tales of Grimm, Goldoni (Ire), Grandeur (Ire), Cavaleiro (Ire), Wrotham Heath (GB), Crius (Ire). Scratched: Starboard (GB).Click for the Racing Post chart or the brisnet.com PPs. Video, courtesy attheraces.com.
Energizer's entire career has taken place at stakes level, and his potential was such that he debuted with a victory in September's Listed Junioren-Preis at Dusseldorf. Fourth next time in Germany's most prestigious juvenile event, the Oct. 16 G3 Preis des Winterfavoriten at Cologne, he slipped to fifth in the Nov. 6 G3 Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen at Krefeld before returning there to run second in the Apr. 22 G3 Dr Busch-Memorial on sophomore return. Jens Hirschberger then pitched the homebred bay into the May 28 G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen German 2000 Guineas, but he was nabbed on the line for third by Red Duke (Hard Spun) in that Classic test back at Cologne last time. Energizer was fitted with a hood for this first try at 10 furlongs, and it had an immediate effect as he settled into a smooth rhythm in rear. Easing to the outside turning for home, a telling surge carried him to the fore entering the final eighth and he opened up to win decisively. "He was too keen when we sat out with him in his last start, and we wanted to step him up in trip," explained winning rider Adrie de Vries. "He settled well today and showed a really good turn of foot. It was testing ground and they struggled in the final furlong, but it I think it helped him, as he likes soft going. He was too keen when we ran him over a mile, but we put the hood on him and he settled perfectly. He gets this mile-and-a-quarter trip easy now. That was only my second ride here and it's an amazing feeling to win." Of future plans, Hirschberger added, "We'll now prepare him for the [G1] Grosser Dallmayr-Preis [at Munich July 29] and then we might come back to England for a Group 2 race over 10 furlongs." Connections of the placegetters were far from downcast, and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for the runner-up, told PA Sport
, "It was a good run. He could have done with the ground a bit quicker, but it was still a decent race and he's going to be all right. There's probably more races in France for a mile-and-a-quarter horse like this." Reflecting on Rewarded's personal best, trainer James Toller added, "It was quite a jump in class, but he ran a good race and he hasn't let us down. He probably wants a bit further really."