Baden-Baden Back In Action From Sunday


Quest The Moon, right, returns to Baden-Baden | Marc Rühl

Baden-Baden's 'Grosse Woche', which includes some top-class racing action alongside music festivals and Germany's major yearling sale at BBAG, begins on Sunday, with the G3 Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe as the highlight of an 11-race card.

After a 10-month break, and with the racecourse at Iffezheim under new management, the 'Super Sunday' fixture ushers in four meetings–down from six in previous years–throughout the week, culminating in the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden the following Sunday. Among those set to line up in this Sunday's Group 3 contest over 2,000 metres is Quest The Moon (Ger) (Sea The Moon  {Ger}) who is already a dual Group winner at the track. 

Godolphin have won the last three runnings of the Grosser Preis, including in 2019 with the following season's top-rated horse in the world, Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). This time around, both Charlie Appleby and Saeed Bin Suroor have entries, with Walton Street (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) and Global Heat (Ire) (Toronado {Ire}) respectively. Also among the prospective line-up is this season's G1 Deutsches Derby winner Sisfahan (Fr) (Isfahan {Ger}).

The BBAG Yearling Sale, featuring 223 lots including a Sea The Stars (Ire) half-sister to the Gestut Rottgen-bred Derby winners Windstoss (Ger) (Shirocco {Ger}) and Weltstar (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}), takes place next door to the racecourse on Friday, Sept. 3.

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