Andreas Wohler: trained Akua'da to win the German 1,000 GuineasPICTURE: Getty Images
Wohler grabs German Guineas with Akua'da
Report, Germany, Sunday
Düsseldorf, RaceBets.com 1,000 Guineas (Group 2) 3yo fillies, 1m
CHOPIN failed to win the Derby at Epsom on Saturday, but his trainer Andreas Wöhler still enjoyed a successful classic weekend. Wohler's Akua´da (Eduardo Pedroza) took the German 1,000 Guineas at Düsseldorf after a tremendous set-to with Calyxa (Ferdinand Leve/ Lennart Hammer-Hansen).
Senafe, who was always prominent, was third for Marco Botti and Neil Callan, just ahead of French raider Beatrice, but the other British runner Melbourne Memories (Clive Cox/ Adam Kirby), who started favourite at just over 4-1, was a disappointing ninth, with her jockey reporting that she did not handle the track.
It was a rough race, always a likelihood with 15 runners on this rather tight track, and several jockeys complained of being hampered on the first bend. However Akua´da was not affected by any of this, and despite acting up for several minutes at the start, she went straight into the lead and stayed there.
She led into the straight from Sanefe and Molly Mara (Andrea Atzeni), but from the furlong pole the only danger was the Pivotal filly Calyxa, who, despite being ridden from a long way out, was gaining on her with every stride.
The post came just in time for Akua´da, with the photograph showing that she had held on by a short head. Sanefe was three and a half lengths back in third, with Beatrice, who finished fast and late, another short head back in fourth.
The winner is a daughter of Kildangan Stud´s Shamardal, who has done extremely well with German mares, although her dam is in fact by Sadler´s Wells and was bought at Tattersalls for 185,000 guineas in 2009.
It was a big day for owner-breeder Gestüt Brümmerhof (Julia and Gregor Baum), who had earlier won both the other races for three-year-olds on the card.
Akua´da had finished seventh on her previous start this season, behind several of today´s opponents, but Wöhler was confident that she would put that form behind her today - "she has really improved by leaps and bounds."
It is not clear where she goes next, although the trainer does not expect her to stay the eleven furlongs of the Preis der Diana (German Oaks). However that race will now be the target for the runner-up Calyxa.
Marco Botti was delighted with Sanefe´s third place. "I am very satified with that performance," he said, "but Neil Callan thought that the mile was stretching her stamina today and we will probably bring her back to seven furlongs."