Sir Mark Prescott: hoping for success in Hamburg this weekendPICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
Prescott hoping Gooseberry no fool
Preview: Germany, Saturday
Hamburg: Franz Günther von Gaertner-Gedächtnisrennen (Group 3) 3yo+ f/m, 1m, 4.20 pm BST
SATURDAY'S main event at Hamburg is the mile race for fillies which has attracted a strong entry, including Sir Mark Prescott's Gooseberry Fool (Jimmy Quinn), who has not run since the Deauville August meeting last year.
She has been accompanied to Germany by stablemate Albaraka, who runs in a Listed race for fillies over 1m3f an hour earlier, but is also coming off a long break.
"We are after black type," said Prescott, "but both these races look pretty tough. Basically we are coming to Germany with more hope than expectation."
The opposition in Gooseberry Fool's race is headed by the Peter Schiergen-trained pair Wolkenburg (Filip Minarik) and Cherry Danon (Andrasch Starke), runners-up in the last two editions of the German 1,000 Guineas.
Survey (Mario and Steffi Hofer), only fifth in the Guineas but winner of the main trial, Dessau (Waldemar Hickst/ Davy Bonilla), who defeated Cherry Danon by a nose earlier in the season, and Chica Loca, a leading juvenile last year and an excellent seventh, beaten less than six lengths, in the French Guineas also line up.
The two French-trained candidates Cerveza (Fleming Paulsen/ Louis-Philippe Beuzelin) and Street Secret (Pia Brandt/ Fabrice Veron) probably need to step up on the form they have shown so far, but French runners have a good record at this meeting.