Ryan Moore teams up with Aidan O’Brien in the German Derby
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Conolly-Smith 9:06aM 10 JUL 2016
Preview: Germany, Sunday 4.10pm BST
Hamburg: Idee 147 Deutsches Derby (Group 1) 3yo colts & fillies
AIDAN O’BRIEN and Ryan Moore attempt to follow up a successful July meeting at Newmarket with a first victory in the German Derby (4.10) at Hamburg, for which Landofhopeandglory was supplemented at a cost of €65,000.
It is the fourth time O’Brien has supplemented a runner for this race, the best-placed so far being Chekhov, who was third in 2007. Godolphin’s Buzzword, in 2010, is the only foreign-trained winner in the modern era.
Landofhopeandglory, who is out of a German mare and closely related to 2011 winner Waldpark, was runner-up to stablemate Sword Fighter last time, and before that finished a close fourth to the same horse in the Queen’s Vase.
Whether such form will be good enough remains to be seen, but the likely heavy ground could be an advantage, while he is the most experienced runner, with nine races under his belt on all sorts of going. In addition, he is an out-and-out stayer in a race in which stamina will be at a premium. Landofhopeandglory is drawn 15, which could also be a plus, and indeed four winners in the last ten years have come from that stall.
Soft ground in prospect
O’Brien said: “He’s had a few quickish runs but is a hardy horse and is in good form. He has form on soft ground but it looks as though the ground is going to be very soft. He’s run over two miles and a mile and six on his last two runs, but Ryan thinks it will be worth running him over a mile and a half.”
The only other foreign runner in the €650,000 Classic is the Norwegian-trained Our Last Summer, the mount of Robert Havlin. He was runner-up in a Bremen Derby trial a fortnight ago, with three of today’s rivals further back, and before that won the Norwegian 2,000 Guineas.
Martin Harley, who rides Noble House, and Freddy Tylicki, who is aboard Savoir Vivre, are the other British-based jockeys taking part.
Best of the German-trained horses look to be Wai Key Star and Boscaccio, the two highest-rated runners. Wai Key Star has run only three times, but his Baden-Baden victory over the reopposing El Loco was a very promising effort. El Loco has been runner-up on all three starts this season, filling that spot last time in the Union-Rennen at Cologne, normally the best Derby trial.
Boscaccio was the winner there and this Mount Nelson colt, unbeaten in four starts, looks certain to start favourite.