Caspar Netscher grabs Guineas glory
Report: Germany, Monday
Cologne: Mehl Mülhens-Rennen - German 2,000 Guineas (Group 2), 1m, turf, 3yo colts & fillies
CASPAR NETSCHER was given a brilliant ride by Shane Kelly to swoop in the final furlong and win the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne, the victory being a first Classic success for him and trainer Alan McCabe.
After Charles Wentworth's colt had become the third successive British winner of the Group 2, McCabe said: "Caspar Netscher has been a forgotten horse and has always been underestimated.
"He has now won over five, six, seven and eight furlongs and is very versatile; he's definitely the best I've trained.
"Excelebration won this last year and obviously we're hoping Caspar can follow in his hoofprints. I think he'll show us in time he's a proper Group 1 performer. He'll probably go next for the Prix Jean Prat."
The Dutch Art colt, second favourite, was bought at the 2012 breeze-ups by Zorka Wentworth as a birthday present for her husband.
"He was consigned by Katie Walsh", she said, "And was the one I liked best, costing 65,000gns."
Kelly said: "I knew I had to ride him like that, as we were not sure he would get the mile. You can forget his run at Newmarket, where he was in front at the wrong time and in the wrong place."
Red Duke, the other British-trained runner, also ran well, finishing fast to take third after losing his position early in the straight.
"I'm happy with that," declared trainer John Quinn. "He'll now go for the Jersey at Royal Ascot."
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