British trainers target further riches overseas

Luca Cumani

Luca Cumani: saddles Very Dashing in a Listed race at Maisons-Laffitte

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 By Bruce Jackson and Mark Storey 8:58AM 3 OCT 2016 

A DAY after British trainers claimed four of the six Group 1s at Chantilly Robert Cowell, Luca Cumani and Kevin Ryan go overseas in search of black-type with the trio targetting races in Germany and France.


Ryan’s Swift Approval is on his travels again with a trip to Cologne for the Listed BHF-Bank Herbst-Preis, in which he bids to follow up a Deauville win last month and add a fifth victory of the season.

The four-year-old, owned by Middleham Park Racing, has a new jockey on Monday, with connections going for top German rider Andreas Suborics.

Adam Ryan, assistant to trainer Kevin Ryan, said: “Swift Approval has been a revelation this year, going from strength to strength, and showed when going to France he travels well. He has a good draw to go forward from, which he likes.”

This is a step up in grade for Swift Approval but he receives weight from the three best German specialists at the seven-furlong distance, Shining Emerald, Schang and Forgino. French filly Lovemedo also has a chance in an open race.

Monday is a public holiday in Germany, celebrating the 26th anniversary of reunification, and Hoppegarten stages the most valuable Group 3 in the German calendar, the Preis der Deutschen Einheit, worth €75,000.

Trainer Andreas Wohler and his stable jockey Eduardo Pedroza have won the contest four times in the last six years and could well do so again with Wai Key Star.

Cumani makes Dashing French raid

Luca Cumani sends Very Dashing on a raid to Maisons-Laffitte on Monday hoping an easier surface will see her make her mark at Listed level.

The three-year-old finished fourth in the Listed Upavon Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury on her last start in August, with winner Chain Of Daisies landing a Group 3 since.

Partnered by Freddie Tylicki, she contests the Prix Charles Laffitte over an extended ten furlongs, in which the Andre Fabre-trained Switching, a Listed runner-up, is among the main threats.

Cumani said: “She likes a little bit of cut and we’re hoping for a bit of rain. It’s the right race at the right time and I wouldn’t be sending her if I didn’t think she was capable of running well.”

Quartz to sparkle again?

An hour later the rejuvenated Spirit Quartz goes hunting a third Listed prize of the season in the Prix de Bonneval, a five-and-a-half-furlong contest in which trainer Robert Cowell also saddles Immediate.

Christophe Soumilllon has a first ride on eight-year-old Spirit Quartz, who was successful at Cork and Tipperary in the summer.

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