Hawksmoor (yellow sleeves) has much in her favour in Dusselforf
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Conolly-Smith 6:00PM 4 JUN 2016
Preview: Dusseldorf, Sunday
Wempe 96th German 1,000 Guineas (Group 2) 1m, 3yo fillies
FRESH from finding only Minding too good in the Investec Oaks, Hugo Palmer will chase more Classic glory on Sunday afternoon as Hawksmoor lines up in the German 1,000 Guineas at Düsseldorf.
The Azamour filly, sold earlier in the week to leading American owner-breeders Gretchen and Roy Jackson, was third on her only 2016 start in the Prix St. Alary and her form last year includes a third place behind Minding in the Fillies Mile at Newmarket.
Those Group 1 outings are clearly the best pieces of form in the race and she looks certain to start favourite for a race set to be run on soft ground following a week of rain.
“She is a lovely filly,” said Palmer. “She was outstayed at Deauville last time, so this shorter trip should be ideal. She likes cut in the ground, so the going should be no problem, and the inside draw is another advantage. I am hopeful of a big run.”
Spencer hoping Rebel holds her own
Hawksmoor is not the only Newmarket raider, as first season trainer Richard Spencer saddles Rebel Racing’s Rebel Surge, to be ridden by William Twiston-Davies.
Rebel Surge finished a close sixth in the Fred Darling, run this year at Chelmsford City before finishing fifth in the Listed Fillies’ Stakes behind Nemoralia at Yorl.
“I think that form gives her a decent chance here and we have had this race in mind all along”, said Spencer.
“She’s not got the best of draws, 16 of 16 but she will handle the ground and I’d like to think she won’t disgrace herself.
“She’s traveled over really well but we’re going there hopeful rather than confident. I’ve only had a licence about six weeks, so it’s great to have something good enough to go and take a chance in a race like this.”
Protectionist also on display
Most of the fourteen locally-trained runners have already met, with mixed results. Five of them ran in the main course and distance trial, won by Near England (Markus Kliug/ Martin Seidl), and another five in the Schwarzgold-Rennen at Cologne in mid-April, when Parvaneh (Waldmar Hickst/ Marc Lerner) came with a strong late run to get up close home.
Trainer Andreas Wöhler has three runners in the race, which comes 40 minutes after he saddles his 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in a modest 11f race worth 2,400 euros to the winner – one thousandth of the prize-money won at Flemington.
“I am aiming him at Hamburg’s Group Two Hansa-Preis in a month’s time, a race he won in 2014 but he has to start somewhere, and this seems a suitable opportunity,” said Wöhler. “He will need it, but should go well.”