Lucarno faces Deutsches Derby winners at Baden-Baden
PREVIEW: GERMANY, Sunday
Baden-Baden: Grosser Mercedes-Preis von Baden (G1) 1m4f
Live on ATR (4pm)
ST LEGER winner Lucarno and Tempelstern carry Britain's hopes in the Grosser Mercedes-Preis von Baden, but the pair look set to face a strong local defence headed by the last two winners of the Deutsches Derby, Adlerflug and Kamsin.
The John Gosden-trained Lucarno finished only seventh in the King George last time but had previously made all to win the Princess of Wales's Stakes by one and a quarter lengths from Papal Bull when giving him 5lb.
On that performance he holds good prospects here and Jimmy Fortune reckons the four-year-old has a golden opportunity to land his second Group 1 prize, despite the likelihood of testing conditions, which will favour the local hopes.
"He's in great form and we're very hopeful," said the rider. "It's probably not the strongest Group 1 inthe world and if it all goes to plan he's got every chance of winning it.
"It's a very winnable race and it's probably his best chance of success at this level this year," Fortune said.
German-owned Tempelstern,who is trained by Henry Cecil, put up his best effort three weeks ago when just touched off by Sixties Icon in the Geoffrey Freer.
Adlerflug was an impressive Derby winner and followed up with a close second to Quijano in this race 12 months ago. He took some time to come to hand this season but won the Group 1 Deutschland Preis at Dusseldorf on July 20 by seven lengths and six from Quijano and It's Gino.
The going was heavy that day, as it had been for his Derby success, and his trainer Jens Hirschberger said: "He acts on any ground but he's much better when the mud is flying,
The more rain the better. He worked very well on Tuesday and we're confident of a good run."
Kamsin followed his Derby win by running in the Group 1 Rheinland-Pokal at Cologne three weeks ago.
He was a well-beaten second, with Papal Bull half a length behind, but was awarded the race on the disqualification of Oriental Tiger earlier thisweek.
Peter Schiergen also saddles his Derby second Ostland, who stayed on to be beaten three lengths at Hamburg. Schiergen said: " I'd have to rate Kamsin clearly the better at present but Ostland could well be the better four-year-old. They're both in good form and should not be worried by this soft ground."
As Andrasch Starke is riding Quijano in Canada on Sunday night, Johan Victoire is the owner's choice for Kamsin. Adrie de Vries rides Ostland as he did in the Derby.
GROSSER PREIS VON BADEN
Blue Square: 6-5 Adlerflug, 7-2 Lucarno, 5 Kamsin, 13-2 It's Gino, 10 Tempelstern, 16 Ostland
Coral: 10-11 Adlerflug, 9-2 Lucarno, 5 Kamsin, 7 It's Gino, 10 Tempelstern, 20 Ostland
Baden-Baden: Preis der Peter Dellmann Reederei (3yo fillies' Listed race) 1m 2f
ALAN MUNRO rides Windsor maiden winner Inquisitive Look for Peter Chapple-Hyam in the former Gontard Rennen.
She faces tough opposition here from the likes of Auentime, beaten a little over four lengths when seventh of 16 in the German Oaks on August 3, and Themelie Island, sixth in the German 1,000.