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Limario challenges to be Germany's top juvenile

Report: Germany, Sunday
Düsseldorf, 109th Preis des Winterfavoriten, (Group 3) 2yo, 1m

Limario (Roland Dzubasz/ Alexander Pietsch) will probably be rated the top German two-year-old of 2012 after running out a very convincing winner of the Preis des Winterfavoriten at Düsseldorf on Sunday. The race had been transferred from its usual location at Cologne because of the quarantine restrictions there.

The winner is trained at Hoppegarten and Roland Dzubasz was not present, as he was busy saddling runners at his local track.

However he was reportedly very optimistic about his colt´s chances, and Pietsch certainly rode a confident race, leading after a furlong and making the rest of his way home; he was never in any danger from the two furlongs marker, with Wildheart finishing well to force a dead-heat with Anatol Artist for second place, two and a half lengths behind the winner.

Empire Hurricane, who had run loose before the start, ran on for fourth place, a further two and a half lengths back. The disappointment of the race was French challenger Tres Blue, the 5-2 favourite, who was never going well and finished tailed off. Limario, who had on his previous start won a Cologne in good style, paid 7.3-1 to win.

It was an excellent result for the colt´s owner Marlene Haller, as she raced the winner´s sire Aerion, and still owns a half-share in him. Although Aerion was a sprinter, he gets runners that stay better than he did, and as Limario is a half-brother to a Listed class stayer, he could well get middle distances next year.

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