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Giant Sandman

Giant Sandman: won the Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden

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Giant Sandman kicks off great day for Haugen

Report: Germany, Sunday

Baden-Baden: 143rd Goldene Peitsche (Group 2) 6f, 3yo+

Norwegian trainer Rune Haugen celebrated one of the most successful days of his career when Giant Sandman, ridden by locally-based Danish jockey Lennart Hammer-Hansen, won the Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden, and with it Germany's most desirable racing trophy.

Shortly after, the Haugen-trained Probably won the Listed Norwegian Derby at Övrevoll.

Haugen stayed at home to saddle the Derby winner and Hammer-Hansen said of Giant Sandman: "We have always had a high opinion of him, but he has been a bit temperamental and he was wearing cheekpieces for the first time today, as last time he tried to bite the horse next to him. I had a perfect run today and knew I had it won a long way out."

Giant Sandman was always prominent on the inside and went into a clear lead at halfway. He never looked in any danger, scoring by three lengths from French challenger Gammarth, whose trainer Alex Pantall was also absent saddling a big winner elsewhere, in his case Tres Blue at Deauville, with 33-1 shot Namera running on well for third.

Favourite Amarillo finished fourth and found things happening a bit fast for him on his first attempt at this distance. Little was seen of the two British-trained runners, with Hugo Palmer's Khubala in sixth and Andrew Balding's Zanetto 12th of the 13 runners.

Khubala was well-placed for four furlongs but found little. "He was certainly not disgraced," said Palmer, "but things did not go quite to plan." Liam Keniry reported that Zanetto missed the break and "never got into the race."

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