Germany: Shy Witch notches Group 3 win at Hamburg

Tom Dascombe

Tom Dascombe was out of luck in Germany on Saturday

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By David Conolly-Smith 9:30PM 2 JUL 2016 

Report: Germany, Saturday

Hamburg: Franz-Günther von Gaertner Gedächtsnisrennen (Hamburger Stutenmeile) (Group 3) 1m, 3yo+ fillies and mares

TOM DASCOMBE’S Excilly (Richard Kingscote) started second favourite for the main event on the opening day of Hamburg’s German Derby meeting, but after a slow start weakened in the straight to finish eighth of the nine runners.

The race went to 7-2 chance Shy Witch (Hans-Jürgen Gröschel/ Ian Ferguson), who thus paid quite a compliment to her German 1,000 Guineas conqueror, Hugo Palmer’s Hawsmoor.

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Her trainer, at 73 one of the oldest of his profession in Germany, is enjoying his best ever season, while Scottish-born Ferguson is also having a great run.

“She is definitely one of the best fillies I have ever ridden,” said the jockey afterwards. Gröschel and Ferguson team up again on Sunday with the second favourite Iquitos in the Group Two Grosser Hansa-Preis.

Ferguson grabbed the favoured outside rail early in the straight, and Shy Witch immediately quickened clear to win easily by two and a quarter lengths from the favouroite Nymeria, who kept on well and has now been runner-up on all her four 2016 starts. French challenger Toinette just missed third place by a short head.

 
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