Mick Channon: sends Arnold Lane to Munich for the Silberne PeitschePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Hitchcott expecting good run from Arnold Lane
Preview: Germany, Wednesday
Munich: Bethmann Bank - Silberne Peitsche, (Group 3) 6½f, 3yo+ (4pm BST)
MICK CHANNON'S Arnold Lane (Sam Hitchcott) will be the first British runner of the year in Germany when he contests Munich's Group 3 Silberne Peitsche ("silver whip") on Wednesday.
Hitchcott partnered the four-year-old to success at Thirsk 11 days ago, and is confident of another good run.
He said: "Arnold Lane is in great form. He won well at Thirsk after a good winter in Dubai, and this is exactly his kind of race. He will take all the beating, and I'll be very disappointed if he's not in the first two."
He meets opposition from Holland in the shape of Ferro Sensation (Daniel Klomp/ Adrie de Vries) and France, Elenya (Maxime Cesandri/ Johan Victoire), a filly who needs to improve to figure here.
Ferro Sensation is a regular visitor to Germany and won the country's top sprint, the Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden, last season.
However that success at 35-1 was his only win, and he has otherwise repeatedly finished behind these opponents.
Of the six Germans, Smooth Operator (Mario and Steffi Hofer) has probably been the most consistent German sprinter of recent years and won this last year, when Walero (Jens Hirschberger/ Koen Clijmans) was runner-up and Nordic Truce (Peter and Dennis Schiergen) a close fourth.
König Concorde (Christian Sprengel/ Filip Minarik) is a course and distance specialist and won a similar race here last September with several of these behind, while Gracia Directa (Dominic Moser/ Oliver Wilson), the only filly in the line-up, won York's Summer Stakes last July, but was only tenth behind Ferro Sensation at Baden-Baden.