British raiders fail to fire as Kamsin scores
REPORT: GERMANY, Sunday
Baden-Baden: Grosser Mercedes-Benz Preis von Baden (G1, 1m4f, turf)
BRITISH raiders Lucarno and Tempelstern filled the last two places behind Kamsin in the Group 1 Grosser Mercedes-Benz Preis von Baden on very soft ground on Sunday.
Lucarno made the running until approaching the straight, where he was headed by Adlerflug. He soon dropped back, and jockey Jimmy Fortune said: "He was much too keen. He needs to take a breather in these races but he was never able to relax."
George Strawbridge, who owns last year's St Leger winner,added: "He needs to relax but he's just too intense."
Kamsin was at the back in company with It's Gino to beyond halfway. It's Gino then closed up on the outsidebut Johan Victoire, who was riding his first Group 1 winner, was happy to bide his time.
Kamsin was third into the straight and caught the hard-ridden Adlerflug entering the final furlong.
Once in frontthere was no doubt which of the two German Derby heroes would win. This year's victor beat last year's by a decisive two and a half lengths.
Successful trainer Peter Schiergen said: "Kamsin needs a strongly run race and we were happy to sit at the back and pick them off. He's not in the Arc but I'd like to run him once more this season, probably in the Gran Premio del Jockey-Club."
Schiergen won that contest - to be run at San Siro on October 19 - with Schiaparelli in the same Stall Blankenese colours last year.
Franz Gunther von Gaertner, who owns Blankenese, has been seriously ill but was able to attend the races on Sunday. He did not breed Kamsin but owned the colt's sire Samum, who won the Grosser Preis von Baden for him eight years ago.
Adlerflug's participation in the Arc must be questionable but It's Gino could be a possible.
He showed up well on the stands' side in the straight before fading in the final furlong to finish five lengths behind the runner-up.
Pavel Vovcenko, who trains the Australian-owned five-year-old, said: "He doesn't go on this ground and ran a great race in the circumstances. We'll consider the Arc if it looks like being good going."
Tempelstern tracked Lucarno until starting the final turn, then dropped out quickly.
Gerhard Schoeningh, boss of owners Ennismore Racing, said: "It was my wish to run here but the experiment didn't work out as we had hoped."
Jockey Tom Queally added: "He was outclassed from four furlongs out. He likes it soft but this ground was too bad."
Inquisitive Look, Peter Chapple-Hyam's challenger in the Listed Preis der Peter Deilmann Reederei, showed up well until running out of steam approaching the final furlong.
She finished fourth, eight and a quarter lengths behind winner Adolfina, and jockey Alan Munro said: "Inquisitive ran very creditably considering she'd won only a maiden at Windsor. I thought I had a winning chance two furlongs out but she couldn't quite go through with her effort."