Reliable Man's Erle Pounces Late in Diana-Trial Thriller

Reliable Man | Emma Berry


Gestut Rottgen's homebred 3-year-old filly Erle (Ger) (Reliable Man {GB}–Kizingo {Ire}, by Oasis Dream {GB}), who ran fourth at Baden-Baden in her one run for the Markus Klug stable last year, broke through for new trainer Maxim Pecheur at Dusseldorf on sophomore return in April and continued on the upgrade with a last-gasp win in Sunday's G3 Diana-Trial at Hoppegarten. Her victory provided trainer with a maiden pattern-race success.

The 7-2 chance went forward from the outside gate to stalk the pacesetting New York City (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) in second and was bustled along at the top of the straight. Coming under sterner urging inside the final quarter-mile, she engaged in a thrilling four-way tussle in the closing stages and dug in for one last thrust to outbob Lady Mary (Ger) (Lawman {Fr}) on the line. The winning margin was a short-head with a pair of necks back to Egina (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) and New York City.

“That was, by far, the toughest finish I've ridden in this year, with the young English jockey [Billy Loughnane] at my side and the best German, Bauyrzhan Murzabayev, on the other side,” winning rider Martin Seidl told GaloppOnline. “That was really exhausting, but it's great for the trainer Maxim Pecheur and I'm just so happy for the whole team behind Erle.”



Pedigree Notes

Erle, who becomes the 18th Group winner for her sire, is the second foal and lone scorer produced by a winning half-sister to G3 Preis des Winterfavoriten victor Erasmus (Ger) (Reliable Man {GB}). Her second dam, G1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) heroine Enora (Ger) (Noverre), is one of five black-type winners out of G1 Premio Lydia Tesio runner-up Enrica (GB) (Niniski), the others including multiple Group-winning G1 Grosser Preis von Baden and G1 Preis von Europa runner-up Egerton (Ger) (Groom Dancer) and G3 Oleander-Rennen victor Ephraim (GB) (Rail Link {GB}). The March-foaled homebred is a half-sister to the unraced 2-year-old filly Eleganz (Ire) (Adlerflug {Ger}) and a weanling colt by Protectionist (Ger).

Sunday, Hoppegarten, Germany
DIANA-TRIAL-G3, €55,000, Hoppegarten, 6-9, 3yo, f, 10fT, 1:57.12, gd.
1–ERLE (GER), 128, f, 3, by Reliable Man (GB)
1st Dam: Kizingo (Ire), by Oasis Dream (GB)
2nd Dam: Enora (Ger), by Noverre
3rd Dam: Enrica (GB), by Niniski
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. O/B-Gestut Rottgen (GER); T-Maxim Pecheur; J-Martin Seidl. €32,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, €38,750. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Lady Mary (Ger), 128, f, 3, Lawman (Fr)–La Reine Noir (Ger), by Rainbow Quest). O/B-Graf & Grafin von Stauffenberg (GER); T-Andreas Suborics. €12,000.
3–Egina (Ger), 128, f, 3, Soldier Hollow (GB)–Elvira (Ger), by Le Havre (Ire). 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. (€160,000 RNA Ylg '22 BBAGS). O/B-Gestut Park Wiedingen (GER); T-Peter Schiergen. €6,000.
Margins: SHD, NK, NK. Odds: 3.50, 2.30, 1.80.
Also Ran: New York City (Ger), Princess Valentina (Ger), Lovely Lena (Ire). Scratched: Diamond Crown (Ger).

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