'She won't run at Ascot' - Prescott eyes fresh Group 1 target for Alpinista
Alpinista will miss Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot to try instead for a third Group 1 win in Germany this year, according to trainer Sir Mark Prescott.
The four-year-old was cut to as short as 5-1 for the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot next month following her Group 1 success under Luke Morris in the Preis von Europa at Cologne on Sunday.
But she is likely to return to Germany for the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Bayern at Munich in November and swerve a first trip to Ascot.
Alpinista emulated her grandmother Albanova, who also won the Grosser Preis von Berlin for Prescott and leading owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing before claiming the Preis von Europa in 2004.
"She has followed her grandmother precisely," said Prescott. "Albanova won those two Group 1s in Germany and it's interesting they have followed similar paths. The only thing is this filly is a little younger.
"She has a nasty spot in the middle of her races when she comes under pressure but she's always found enough. A mile and a half is her minimum trip but she's effective so will stay at it for a while.
"She'll run once more in Germany, and if she comes out of the race well, she might be kept in training for another year. She won't run at Ascot.
"Miss Rausing has so many good fillies this year, she may have the race covered with the likes of Albaflora."
Sir Mark Prescott's weekend
1st Mahagoni 5-4f
1st Summer's Knight 9-5f
1st Arclight 7-2
8th Mezzanotte 12-1
1st Alpinista 11-10f
It was a memorable weekend for Prescott, who won with four of his five runners after three winners on a flawless Saturday.
The trainer kickstarted the hat-trick with Mahagoni in the 7f novice contest at Chester. Summer's Knight soon followed up with an impressive five-and-a-half-length success in the 1m6f handicap at Haydock, before juvenile Arclight rounded off a superb day's work by taking a mile maiden at Chelmsford.
He was only denied a perfect weekend when two-year-old Mezzanotte finished eighth of 11 runners in a mile nursery handicap at Ffos Las.
"Mezzanotte let us down at Ffos Las but overall it was a marvellous weekend," said Prescott, who had sent out 38 winners this season before racing on Monday. "Summer's Knight won impressively and he'll probably run in the two-mile handicap at Ascot on Friday."
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