Liang Kay leaves Redolent toiling in mud
REPORT: GERMANY, Wednesday
Baden-Baden: Furstenberg-Rennen (Group 3) 1m2f
REDOLENT battled on for second in the Group 3 Furstenberg-Rennen at Baden- Baden on Wednesday but was no match for the odds-on Liang Kay who beat him by five lengths.
Liang Kay started favourite for the Deutsches Derby on another wet day but the trip was too far for him and he struggled home in fourth.
Back to 1m 2f, the Uwe Ostmann-trained colt proved a class apart. TerryHellier held him up last of the five runners while first Duellant and then Redolent took them along.
Entering the straight Liang Kay was switched towards the stands' rails and the son of Dai Jin strolled past the leaders.
Redolent kept on gamely to hold off Duellant for second. It was his third consecutive Group 3 placing and Peter Doyle, representing Richard Hannon, said: "We have to be happy with that. We'll carry on looking for a Group 3 for himto win."
Pat Dobbs, who rode the colt, said: "He ran a game race but the winner was different class. He must be a very good horse."
Hellier said: "I knew Liang Kay has an excellent turn of foot which is why I waited in last place. He quickened up as soon as I asked him to go."
Ostmann added: "He won how we expected him to. He can't go on the firm but he loves this ground.
"He'll run once more this year, either in the Prix Dollar or the Preis der Deutschen Einheit." Both those races are in the first days of next month.
The Listed Kaba Badener Steher Cup was won by a comfortable seven lengths but Valdino (14-10), a stablemate of Liang Kay.
Si Belle was a never-dangerous fifth and Alleviate, who tried new tactics and led as far as the straight, dropped out quickly to finish last but one.