Emerging blue hen Wellenspiel to have third runner on Sunday
The mare's first two foals both won the Deutsches Derby
In what might be a first for Racing Post Bloodstock, this Marking Your Card focuses on a mile maiden in Germany.
While the main focus at Cologne on Sunday may be the Preis des Winterfavoriten, which serves as a key Classic trial, the opening race will be contested by Reliable Man colt Walerian, the third foal out of Sternkoenig mare Wellenspiel - whose first two foals Windstoss and Weltstar won the Deutsches Derby.
Windstoss stayed in training as a four-year-old, finishing third to Cracksman in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Luckily for Wellenspiel's owner-breeder Gestut Rottgen, they bought all three back as yearlings at the BBAG sales, in the case of Windstoss for a mere €16,000, Weltstar for €40,000 and Walerian €110,000 - a marked increase no doubt factoring in the early success of his siblings.
This year saw their Kamsin half-brother Worrick retained by the stud at BBAG for €130,000.
Among Walerian's six rivals are fellow newcomers Mondial Dancer, a Stall Ullmann homebred whose siblings include French Group 3 winner Moonshiner and the Group-placed Monreal, and Donjah, a Teofilo filly picked up by owner Darius Racing for €100,000 at the BBAG Yearling Sale.
They could be given most to do by the twice-placed King, a colt by Lord Of England.
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