Cologne Racecourse

Kingman's Habana Impresses For TDN Rising Star Tag In Germany
Kingman's Habana Impresses For TDN Rising Star Tag In Germany

Led out unsold at 140,000gns when attending last year's Tattersalls October Book 1 fixture, Gestut Fahrhof's hitherto untried homebred 2-year-old filly Habana (Ger) (Kingman {GB}--Hargeisa {GSW-Ity, MGSP-Fr & GSP-Ger}, by Speightstown) instead illuminated Cologne's Weidenpescher venue with a scintillating performance over 6 1/2 furlongs in Sunday's HSBS Catering Maiden Preis. Her year-older half-brother Huancayo (Ger) (Frankel {GB}) had provided a telling clue with a three-length debut triumph at Hannover just two days before. Habana was the lone filly in a field of five and was under a firm hold behind...

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Camelot's Sammarco Prevails in G2 Union-Rennen Thriller

Gestut Park Wiedingen's homebred 3-year-old colt Sammarco (Ire) (Camelot {GB}--Saloon Sold {Ger}, by Soldier Hollow {GB}) outpointed subsequent sales-race winner Alaska Tiger (Ire) (Maxios {GB}) by a neck when annexing his Oct. 30 debut over 7 1/2 furlongs at Halle in his lone juvenile start and came back this term to finish second behind subsequent G2 Prix Hocquart third Lavello (Ire) (Zarak {Fr}) in Munich's May 1 G3 Bavarian Classic last time. The April-foaled bay enjoyed considerable support as the 14-5 second favourite for Monday's G2 Sparkasse KolnBonn - 187th...

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Caravaggio's Maljoom Powers To German 2000 Guineas Glory

William Haggas' Newmarket stable is firing on all cylinders at present and continued its dominance when Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum's unbeaten Maljoom (Ire) (Caravaggio) overcame a slow start to maintain his perfect record in Sunday's G2 37th Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen - German 2000 Guineas at Cologne. The April-foaled bay went postward for this first black-type outing coming back off an Apr. 18 all-weather conditions win at Kempton, having made a successful debut over seven furlongs on the Doncaster turf in March. Repeating his slow start at Kempton, the 3-1 second favourite forfeited...

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Guiliani's Mountaha Outclasses Schwarzgold-Rennen Rivals

Gestut Schlenderhan's homebred 3-year-old filly Mountaha (Ger) (Guiliani {Ire}--Montfleur {GB}, by Sadler's Wells) ran third to subsequent G3 Preis der Winterkonigin heroine Lizaid (Ger) (Zarak {Fr}) when making her debut over one mile at Hannover last September and bested a pair of subsequent winners when breaking through over the same trip at Dortmund in her only other start the following month. Sent postward with confidence aplenty as the 21-10 favourite to make a winning comeback in Sunday's G3 Karin Baronin von Ullmann - Schwarzgold-Rennen at Cologne, she took the one-mile...

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Half-Brother To Torquator Tasso Graduates At Cologne

Holger Renz's €38,000 BBAG September graduate Tunnes (Ger) (Guiliani {Ire}), a half-brother to last week's G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}), bettered a debut second at Cologne last month with a three-length score in Sunday's Alson-Rennen back at the Weidenpescher venue. 1st-Cologne, €5,100, Mdn, 10-10, 2yo, 9 1/4fT, 1:57.83, g/s. TUNNES (GER) (c, 2, Guiliani {Ire}--Tijuana {Ger}, by Toylsome {GB}), who ran second going one mile in his Sept. 26 debut at this venue last time, was swiftly into stride and led from flagfall....

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New Bay's Sea Bay Routs Winterfavoriten Field By Nine Lengths

Gestut Winterhauch's 2-year-old colt Sea Bay (Ger) (New Bay {GB}) graduated with a one-length win in his Aug. 22 debut over seven furlongs at Hannover, but slipped to fourth when upped to one mile for Dusseldorf's Sept. 12 Listed Junioren Preis in his only other start. He had finished behind the reopposing Ariolo (Ger) (Reliable Man {GB}) and Millionaire (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) on stakes bow last time, but overturned that form and found plenty more besides to make Sunday's G3 Preis des Winterfavoriten all his own as he took the...

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Frankel's Alpinista Downs G1 Preis von Europa Rivals

It's been a season like no other for Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud operation and, fresh on the heels of Zaaki (GB)'s cakewalk in Saturday's G1 Underwood S., the Sir Mark Prescott-conditioned 4-year-old filly Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) made it a quickfire elite-level double for the nursery, sporting her owner-breeder's colours, in Sunday's G1 59th Preis von Europa at Cologne. The February-foaled grey, second in last term's G1 Yorkshire Oaks, was unbeaten in three prior black-type starts this term and lined up as the 11-10 favourite for this latest outing returning...

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Adlerflug's Mythico Holds On For German 2000 Guineas Glory

Stall TMB's Mythico (Fr) (Adlerflug {Ger}) opened this season with a last-of-eight finish in ParisLongchamp's Apr. 11 G3 Prix Noailles before running second to Best of Lips (Ire) (The Gurkha {GB}) in Krefeld's Apr. 24 G3 Dr Busch-Memorial last time and took advantage as that rival floundered in Monday's G2 36th Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) at Cologne to secure Classic glory in game fashion. The March-foaled bay had also finished behind Best of Lips when third in the Rhineland venue's Oct. 11 G3 Preis des Winterfavoriten and closed a four-race...

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Preis von Europa Glory For Teofilo's Donjah

Darius Racing's Donjah (Ger) (Teofilo {Ire}) was overlooked at 15-1 for Saturday's G1 Preis von Europa at Cologne, but she upped her level with conditions to suit to register a career-best under Clement Lecoeuvre. Impressive when successful in the G2 Gran Premio del Jockey Club at the San Siro in October, the bay who had been fourth in Hamburg's G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis over this 12-furlong trip last time July 11 was held up early with one behind. Delivered wide and late to overhaul Kaspar (Ger) (Pivotal {GB}) in the dying...

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Sea the Moon's Wonderful Moon Takes the Union-Rennen

Sunday's G2 Sparkasse Kolnbonn-Union-Rennen at Cologne was a tactically tricky affair, but it ultimately proved another relatively straightforward task for Stall Wasserfreunde's Wonderful Moon (Ger) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) as he continued his march towards emulating his sire in the July 12 G1 Deutsches Derby. Always prominent off the early crawl under Andrasch Starke, the 3-10 favourite loomed wide on the home turn and quickened into the lead from the top of the straight. Ridden out with hands and heels, the chestnut comfortably held Grocer Jack (Ger) (Oasis Dream {GB})...

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Kingman's Fearless King Battles to German Guineas Triumph

Stall Salzburg's Fearless King (GB) (Kingman {GB}) ran third behind Rubaiyat (Fr) (Areion {Ger}) and Zavaro (Ger) (Areion {Ger}) in Hoppegarten's May 10 G3 Dr Busch-Memorial and exacted a measure of revenge by outpointing the former in a thrilling tussle to secure Monday's G2 35th Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen - German 2000 Guineas over one mile at Cologne. Settled off the tempo in fourth until encouraged closer once into the home straight, the 5-2 second favourite gained a narrow advantage entering the final furlong and withstood the vain rally of Rubaiyat under a...

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Night of Thunder's No Limit Credit Takes the Schwarzgold-Rennen

Gestut Karlshof's No Limit Credit (Ger) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) entered Sunday's G3 Karin Baronin von Ullmann - Schwarzgold-Rennen with more than a small measure of currency from her 2-year-old days and duly emerged from the Cologne feature with enhanced profitability. Successful by 5 1/2 lengths in Baden-Baden's valuable Ferdinand Leisten-Memorial in October before finishing a distant sixth behind the imperious Wonderful Moon (Ger) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) taking on the colts in the G3 Herzog von Ratibor-Rennen at Krefeld in November, the chestnut was always well placed tracking the...

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