Sunny Queen takes dramatic Grosser Preis von Bayern as Brits fail to fire
The host nation dominated the final Group 1 of the European Flat season as Sunny Queen got up in the dying strides to deny Torquator Tasso in the Grosser Preis von Bayern.
A two-time Listed winner, Sunny Queen was a narrow second in a Group 3 at Hannover on her prior start but took her form to a different level with a cosy neck success in Munich.
Held up in the early stages by jockey Rene Piechulek, the daughter of Camelot made progress coming off the home bend before being pulled off the rail to deliver her winning challenge for trainer Henk Grewe.
The success was a third at the top level for Grewe and a second of the season following on from Donjah – who endured an unlucky run in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf – in the Preis von Europa in August.
Grewe said: "After two victories in the Preis von Europa, I've won my third Group 1 race. Today was a great success for my stable and our team."
The four-strong British challenge failed to land a meaningful blow, with the Charlie Appleby-trained Secret Advisor finishing best of the quartet in a creditable fourth, over five lengths behind the winner.
Morando, a three-time winner at Group 3 level in Britain, finished seventh for trainer Andrew Balding, while the Ralph Beckett-trained pair Antonia De Vega (sixth) and Manuela De Vega (11th) also failed to spark.
The race has been dominated by German-trained horses in recent years, with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Campanologist's 2010 victory the last success for Britain.
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