Jean-Pierre Carvalho: trainer of Guignol
Germany: Guignol shocks Godolphin pair
Report: Germany, Tuesday
Pastorius Grosser Preis Von Bayern (Group 1), 3yo+, turf, 1m4f
Second strings dominated at Munich on Tuesday when Guignol (Jean-Pierre Carvalho/Michael Cadeddu) made all the running to win Germany's final Group 1 of the year in Stall Ullmann's second colours at odds of 32.5-1 with Godolphin's second string Racing History just pipping the first string Hawkbill by a nose for second place. The Ullmann stable's first string Savoir Vivre started 6-4 favourite under Christophe Soumillon but could finish only fifth.
The going was much more testing than expected and Guignol was one of the few who appreciated the ground. "He loved it," said Cadeddu, a 29-year-old from Milan who was winning his first Group 1. "It was not necessarily the plan to make the running, I had a free hand, but nobody else wanted to go on and he was clearly enjoying himself, so I let him go. I was really just a passenger."
Hugh Anderson, representing Godolphin, was satisfied with second and third place, following the third and fourth for the stable in Australia in the early morning. However it was a great intercontinental double for the Ullmann family, as their Gestüt Schlenderhan was the breeder of Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.
The Godolphin runners were expected to like the going but Ioritz Mendizibal on the runner-up reported that it was too soft for Racing History and Wiilliam Buick also felt that Hawkbill found it too testing. The third British runner Algometer "ran flat", according to Fergus Sweeney, who flew in to replace the injured Jim Crowley.
Soumillon felt the same about Savoir Vivre, who was hanging in the straight and finished tired: "It's tough for a three-year-old against older horses in these conditions," he commented.
Iquitos, last for the first mile, ran on to finish fourth and trainer Hans-Jürgen Gröschel was very pleased, describing it as an "ideal" prep for the Japan Cup, where he will be one of two German runners.
Andreas Suborics, having the last ride of a long career, finished second last on Sirius, but was still happy: "I've had a great time," he said. He now takes over the Cologne stable of Sirius' trainer Andreas Löwe.