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Andreas Wohler: trained Monami, who won Group 2 Diana-Trial

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Verdict reached in Monami affair

Germany: The final verdict has now been agreed in an affair which has been rumbling on since Gestüt Etzean's homebred Monami ran out a comfortable winner of the Group 2 Diana-Trial at Hoppegarten on May 27 this year.

Monami, trained by Andreas Wöhler, scored by a length-and-a-half from Dr Christiane Otto's Wasimah, but Otto immediately lodged an objection on the grounds that Monami was not qualified to run.

She had been supplemented for the race, and the date for supplementary entries had been changed to Wednesday by the Direktorium at short notice after the original date (Tuesday) had been published in European Pattern Races 2012 and elsewhere.

Although the raceday stewards turned down the objection, Otto appealed against this ruling and was later awarded the race at a hearing in Cologne. Etzean counter-appealed and the arguments have dragged on ever since.

At the latest hearing in Cologne, the presiding judge suggested to the two sides that they should agree to a compromise, which they have now done.

The original result stands (i.e. Monami the winner, Wasimah the runner-up), but the prize-money for first and second place will be split 50-50 between the two parties.

With black type involved, the race carried added significance, and although Monami subsequently did not win again before being retired, she did finish third in an Italian Group 1.

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