Peter Schiergen: trained the first two home in the German Oaks on SundayPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Salomina charges home to land German Oaks
Report: Germany, Sunday
Düsseldorf: 154th Henkel-Preis der Diana (Group 1) 1m3f, 3yo, fillies
SALOMINA (Peter Schiergen/Filip Minarik) ran out a most convincing winner of the German Oaks at Düsseldorf on Sunday, quickening through a gap on the rails just under two furlongs out before putting the race to bed.
Schiergen's great summer with fillies - the Ascot victory of Danedream still fresh in the memory - continues closer to home, and the trainer was also responsible for runner-up Nymphea.
Comparisons with Danedream are being made, especially as Salomina is by the same sire Lomitas, but the trainer would not be drawn.
She ran at Düsseldorf in the colours of breeder Gestüt Bona for the last time as she has been sold to Australian Bloodstock, a syndicate that has done well with German imports, and Schiergen blocked questions regarding her future.
He said: "It is up to the new owners to decide and she will probably later be trained by Antony Freedman. I hope that she stays with me for the rest of this season."
Nobody wanted to make the early running and second-favourite Imagery went on before longshot Samba Brazil took over.
Imagery tried to make a move two furlongs out but found disappointingly little. Minarik had Salomina in position on the inside, with Nymphea disputing the lead in the centre of the track.
Minarik switched the 12-5 favourite to the rails when a gap appeared and she quickened in fine style to score by three and a half lengths. Nymphea kept on well for second, with Waldtraut close up in third.
Ted Durcan's mount Rock My Heart finished well for fourth with High Heat, a close relation to Hurricane Run, coming from last place to grab fifth.
Winning jockey Filip MInarik, deputising for the suspended stable jockey Andrasch Starke, said: "There was no pressure on me as we knew we had the best horse in the field and I was confident from a long way out that she was going to win."