Saturday Previews Feature Pattern Races at Haydock and Baden-Baden One Week Before Blue Riband


William Haggas | DRC


Saturday's action can safely be said to be low-key as far as this time of the season is concerned, but then the emphasis is on the upcoming jamboree at Epsom and the readying of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations so it is up to the contrasting parts of the racing world known as Haydock and Baden-Baden to supply the afternoon's European pattern races. At the former venue, the G3 Betfred Pinnacle S. witnesses another Sunderland Holding-William Haggas special in Sea La Rosa (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) who will be favourite for this traditional G2 Lancashire Oaks warm-up having blitzed her rivals in Lingfield's Listed River Eden Fillies' S. when last seen in October. Fortunately for his contemporaries, Haggas doesn't have a runner in the proceeding G3 Betfred John of Gaunt S. and the door is ajar for Marc Chan's Kinross (GB) (Kingman {GB}) to register back-to-back renewals of the seven-furlong test.


Over To Iffezheim

While most are Derby dreaming, at Baden-Baden there are eyes cast to one of a different kind as Deutsches Derby protagonists line up for the G3 Jahre Deutscher Galopprennsport Derby-Trial. An open affair, it should help begin to sort the wheat from the chaff among the country's Classic generation and perhaps Darius Racing's Apr. 30 Listed Premio Emanuele Filiberto winner Pirouz (Ger) (Counterattack {Aus}) is the answer to this puzzle. Earlier on the card, the Listed Baden Racing Diana-Trial boasts the easy May 1 Hanover maiden winner Agneta (GB) (Almanzor {Fr}), a daughter of the G1 Preis der Diana third Amona (Ire) (Aussie Rules) from Gestut Brummerhof's dynasty of Abbashiva (Ger) (Tiger Hill {Ire}), Abbadjinn (Ger) (Big Shuffle), Addicted (Ger) (Diktat {GB}) and Artistica (Ger) (Areion {Ger}).

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