Fantastic Moon Back To Winning Ways

Fantastic Moon when winning the Prix Niel Scoop Dyga


Bouncing back to form at Cologne on Sunday, last year's G1 Deutsches Derby hero Fantastic Moon (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) registered a first success since the G2 Prix Niel in September in the re-scheduled G2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft.

Keen early under restraint from Rene Piechulek racing in mid-division, the Sarah Steinberg-trained 4-year-old was delivered in the centre of the track and had a slight edge with a furlong remaining.

Asserting from there, the 3-1 second favourite had a neck to spare over the 11-5 market-leader Lordano (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}). Jockey Rene Piechulek was excited to see his mount put a substandard effort when last in the G1 Prix Ganay firmly behind him. “Now that's my boy again! I had a perfect race and he made it easy for me,” he said. “I asked him for more and today he didn't let me down.”

Pedigree Notes

Fantastic Moon, whose 3-year-old half-sister Fang Mich (Ger) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) scored at Dresden on Saturday, is out of Frangipani (Ger) (Jukebox Jury {Ire}) who is kin to the G3 Sveat Minnelop winner Fearless Hunter (Ger) (Alhaarth {Ire}). Also related to the G3 Prestige S. scorer Kilmah (GB) (Sepoy {Aus}) and the Stateside heavyweights Jack Christopher (Munnings) and Street Boss (Street Cry {Ire}), her yearling filly by Masar (Ire) is named Fire And Ice (Ger).


Sunday, Cologne, Germany
GROSSER PREIS VON WETTSTAR.DE (GROSSER PREIS DER BADISCHEN WIRTSCHAFT)-G2, €70,000, Cologne, 6-16, 4yo/up, 11fT, 2:16.05, g/s.
1–FANTASTIC MOON (GER), 130, c, 4, by Sea The Moon (Ger)
     1st Dam: Frangipani (Ger), by Jukebox Jury (Ire)
     2nd Dam: Firedance (Ger), by Lomitas (GB)
     3rd Dam: Fraulein Tobin, by J. O. Tobin
(€49,000 Ylg '21 BBASEP). O-Liberty Racing 2021; B-Graf & Grafin von Stauffenberg (GER); T-Sarah Steinberg; J-Rene Piechulek. €32,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Ger & GSW-Fr, 11-6-2-1, €662,951. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Lordano (Ger), 128, g, 5, Adlerflug (Ger)–Labrice (GB), by Dubawi (Ire). O/B-Gestut Ittlingen (GER); T-Marcel Weiss. €15,500.
3–Assistent (Ger), 128, h, 5, Sea The Moon (Ger)–Anna Kalla (Ger), by Kallisto (Ger). (€58,000 Ylg '20 BBASEP; €590,000 RNA HRA '23 ARQARC). O-Eckhard Sauren; B-Gestut Rottgen (GER); T-Henk Grewe. €8,000.
Margins: NK, 3/4, SHD. Odds: 3.10, 2.20, 4.50.
Also Ran: Tunnes (Ger), Straight (Ger), Petit Marin (Ger), Napolitano (Ire), Quantanamera (Ger).

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