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Lovelace lands German mile race for Johnston


Baden-Baden: Darley Oettingen-Rennen (G2) 1m

MARK JOHNSTON, who saddled Laa Rayb to Group-race success in France on Sunday, repeated the dose in Germany on Tuesday when Lovelace flew home to take the nation's most prestigious all-aged mile race.

The four-year-old showed just how worthwhile the recent efforts of Johnston and his team have been in curing his stalls allergy when he came with a withering run on the outside to lift the Group 2 prize.

Dropped out by Jamie Spencer a long way behind a strong pace setby runaway leader Setareh, Lovelace passed all but one of his seven rivals in the home straight to score by a length and three-quarters at odds of 19-10.

Peace Royale, the 13-10 favourite, took second while Setareh almost held on for third but was pipped at the post by Sehrazed.

Irish raider King Jock trailed home in seventh.                                                           

Deirdre Johnston, representing her husband, said: "We have practiced a lot with him in the stalls since he had that problem at Ascot and had to be withdrawn.

"Hewas perfectly behaved today and gets on really well with Jamie, who has now won on him four times. He's entered all over the place but the Hong Kong Mile might be his long-term goal."

Andreas Wohler, trainer of Peace Royale, said: "I am perfectly happy as she was obviously beaten by a very good horse. We might take her to Italy next and the aim is to get her a Group 1 placing."

Robbie Burke, who rode King Jock, was downcast, saying: "That was very disappointing. He was never going and is much better than the form he showed here."



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