Kendargent's Skalleti Annexes Munich Feature in Style

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Jean-Claude Seroul's highly dependable 6-year-old grey Skalleti (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}) posted a career best in ParisLongchamp's G1 Prix d'Ispahan when last seen at the end of May and doubled his elite-level tally with an impressive five-length triumph in Sunday's G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis – Bayerisches Zuchtrennen over 10 furlongs at Munich. Last term's G1 Champion S. runner-up had also annexed this term's G3 Prix Exbury and G2 Prix d'Harcourt in an unbeaten start to the campaign and was sent postward as the heavily supported 3-10 favourite to continue that trend. Skalleti adopted his usual hold-up tactics from the break and settled last of the six nominees as last term's G3 Preis der Deutschen Einheit victrix Tabera (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}) established a clear lead by halfway. Stirred into action by Gerald Mosse off the home turn, he displayed a smart turn of foot to go second inside the quarter-mile marker and opened up in style once sweeping by the wilting Tabera entering the final furlong to easily outclass last term's G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin fourth Grocer Jack (Ger) (Oasis Dream {GB}) by daylight. Last term's G3 Schwarzgold-Rennen winner No Limit Credit (Ger) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) was another to swamp Tabera in the closing stages and stayed on from off the pace to finish a neck back in third.

“It is always difficult to remain patient when waiting at the back, but I had just the horse for the job and was able to pick the right time to go,” said Gerald Mosse. “I was comfortable with the leader going clear because my main objective was to remain in touch and not to have to ask him for too much by being too far back. He's a great horse, I knew we'd get there and he didn't have to push himself to do so. It's a great team effort, we keep winning big races and I'm more than happy.”

Winning trainer Jerome Reynier added, “We have sent more horses to Germany this year, without being able to win any races yet, and we are so happy to win our first one in this great, prestigious race. Skalleti struggled to come back after everything went wrong in Hong Kong last year and we were not expecting such a comeback in the [G3] Prix Exbury in March. He has been impressive ever since, that's his second victory at the highest level and he's a very special horse for all of us.” Looking ahead to a second attempt at Ascot's Oct. 16 G1 Champion S., Reynier continued, “Now we have to take the right decisions to bring him spot on for the Champion S. in mid-October in England, but we're not sure if we're going to use the [Oct. 2 G2] Prix Dollar, which is only two weeks prior to the race, first. We did that last year and he finished first in the Dollar and second in the Champion.”

Skalleti, recording his ninth pattern-race victory here, is the second foal bred from MGSP Listed Prix Occitanie victrix Skallet (Fr) (Muhaymin). He is a full-brother to this year's G2 Prix Vicomtesse de Vigier winner Skazino (Fr), Listed Prix du Ranelagh placegetter Skalleto (Fr) and the hitherto unraced 2-year-old colt Skalli (GB). Skallet is the leading performer out of Listed Le Vase d'Argent runner-up Siran (Fr) (R.B. Chesne {GB}), herself kin to Listed Derby du Languedoc victor Percent Premium (Fr) (Johann Quatz {Fr}). Skalleti's fourth dam La Manouche (Margouillat {Fr}) is kin to the stakes-winning Mousseline de Soie (Fr) (Riverman), herself the dam of three black-type winners headed by stakes-winning G2 Grosser Hertie-Preis von Deutschland runner-up Silk Stage (Stage Door Johnny) and whose descendants include Listed Woodlawn S. victor Termsofengagement (Private Terms).

Sunday, Munich, Germany
GROSSER DALLMAYR-PREIS – BAYERISCHES ZUCHTRENNEN-G1, €100,000, Munich, 7-25, 3yo/up, 10fT, 2:07.75, g/s.
1–SKALLETI (FR), 132, g, 6, by Kendargent (Fr)
1st Dam: Skallet (Fr) (SW & MGSP-Fr, $181,946), by Muhaymin
2nd Dam: Siran (Fr), by R. B. Chesne (GB)
3rd Dam: Surubinha (Fr), by Solicitor (Fr)
(€85,000 Ylg '16 ARAUG). O-Jean-Claude Seroul; B-Guy Pariente Holding (FR); T-Jerome Reynier; J-Gerald Mosse. €60,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Fr, GSW-Ity & G1SP-Eng, 21-16-1-2, €1,013,450. *Full to Skazino (Fr), MGSW-Fr, $373,658; and Skalleto (Fr), SP-Fr, $237,077. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Grocer Jack (Ger), 132, c, 4, Oasis Dream (GB)–Good Donna (Ger), by Doyen (Ire). (€85,000 RNA Ylg '18 BBAGS). O/B-Dr Christoph Berglar (GER); T-Waldemar Hickst. €21,000.
3–No Limit Credit (Ger), 129, f, 4, Night of Thunder (Ire)–Nasrine (Ire), by Barathea (Ire). (€32,000 RNA Ylg '18 BBAGS). O-Jurgen Sartori; B-Gestut Karlshof (GER); T-Andreas Suborics. €11,000.
Margins: 5, NK, 3/4. Odds: 0.30, 6.10, 15.30.
Also Ran: Lord Charming (Ger), Tabera (GB), Mythico (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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