Hugo Palmer: bagged the third Classic of his career on SundayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
German Guineas joy for Palmer with Hawksmoor
Report: Germany, Sunday
Wempe 96. German 1,000 Guineas (Group 2), 1m, turf, 3yo fillies
HUGO PALMER's Classic streak continued at Dusseldorf on Sunday, with Hawksmoor scoring a half-length victory under James Doyle in the German 1,000 Guineas.
The victory follows that of stable star Galileo Gold in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, after which he finished runner-up in the Irish version at the Curragh, while only last Friday Architecture ran a fine race to finish second to Minding in the Oaks at Epsom.
How the race panned out
Hawksmoor had the best form going into the race and was a heavily-backed favourite at 6-5. But her supporters had to sweat a bit as she scored by only half a length from the fast finishers Shy Witch and Dynamic Lips.
Drawn one on this tricky course, tactics were clear and Doyle jumped Hawksmoor off smartly. Eduardo Pedroza on Double Dream was in even more of a hurry and soon took the lead, with Doyle happy to track them.
Double Dream still led two furlongs out, but Hawksmoor quickened past her and looked set for an easy win before she began to tread water somewhat in the final furlong. Hawksmoor held on to win though and provided Palmer with his third Classic win in less than a year.
Palmer said: "That was great, the race worked out exactly as we'd hoped. Hawksmoor won a Group 3 last year, so it was our aim to win a Group 2, and now that has been achieved we'll look for a Group 1, something like the Falmouth, though I wouldn't run her if it were to get too fast. She likes a bit of cut and the ground today was perfect."
Protectionist wins on return
Earlier Andreas Wohler had saddled 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist to an easy win in a modest race over 11 furlongs.
The six-year-old entire had stayed on in Australia after his big-race victory and had run eight times unplaced for Kris Lees before being sent back to Germany last December.
This was his comeback and he was not troubled to score by three and a quarter lengths. "I'll take it race by race but the Hansa-Preis at Hamburg in four weeks will be his next race," said Wohler.