Alianthus back for more at Dusseldorf
Preview: Germany, Sunday 4pm BST
Dusseldorf: Fruhjahrs-Meile-Preis (Group 3) 1m, turf, 4yo+
THE super-consistent Alianthus (Jens Hirschberger/Adrie de Vries) looks certain to start a warm favourite for the first German Pattern race of 2012, the €55,000 Fruhjahrs-Meile-Preis at Dusseldorf.
The seven-year-old Hernando horse, who usually makes all the running, keeps his form remarkably well. Last year he won five of his six starts, three of them here, including this race (under a different title).
Gebhard Apelt, racing manager to the Ullmann family, commented: "He is still an entire but we have no plans to retire him and as long he is enjoying himself he will keep on racing.
"Our runners so far this season have needed the race and so may he, but his form reads very well and he has beaten most of these opponents before."
Leading trainers Andreas Wohler and Peter Schiergen each saddle two runners, with the stable jockeys Eduardo Pedroza and Andrasch Starke riding Empire Storm and Neatico respectively.
They fInished second and third to Alianthus over this course and distance last October, but the favourite has plenty in hand
according to official ratings, despite conceding weight all round.