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Grosser Preis von Baden 2017

September 3, 2017 - 2,400 metres, Group 1, Iffezheim, Germany

Preview August 16, 2017

Wings Of Desire, Benbatl, Best Solution, former Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner My Dream Boat, double Group 1 winner Wicklow Brave, are just some of the classy international horses on the list of the 2017 Grosse Preis von Baden. Quite unlikely however that several of them will finally take part in Germany's biggest horse race. So the 145th Grosse Preis von Baden might rather become something like a German championship, a contention between the generations on the highest level. Title holder Iquitos will be the favourite, the three-year-olds Lacazar and Windstoß could be his most dangerous rivals.

Iquitos won the Grosse Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft and the 2016 Grosse Preis von Baden in Iffezheim last year, before he was not far beaten in the 2016 Japan Cup. He did not start as successful into 2017, became only runner-up in the GP der Badischen Wirtschaft (G2) and the Hansa Preis (G2), suffered from an eye problem there though. The son of Adlerflug displayed old class at the end of July again, when won the Bayerische Zuchtrennen (G1) in Munich impressively ahead of Best Solution. He is nominated to run the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after the GP von Baden.

Lacazar is a very the promising filly, she just prevailed in the German Oaks (Preis der Diana, G1, 2,400 m). So far she run only against other three-year-old fillies, why it is difficult to judge her real potential. At least she clearly beat Wuheida in the Diana. Wuheida herself was only beaten by Roly Poly in the Falmouth Stakes, who won the Prix Rothschild (G1) afterwards. Lacazar would have to be supplemented for the Grosse Preis von Baden, she is already nominated for the Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on October 21.

Hard to say how good the German three-year-old generation really is, a serious assessment will not be possible before the Grosse Preis von Baden is run. German Derby winner Windstoß, as the current German Derby winner, is obviously on the short list too. It is a bit easier to assess the three year old German colts. Derby favourite Colomano and Derby runner-up Enjoy Vijay were both pretty well beaten when matched with the older horses, not the very best recommendation for Windstoß.

Guignol beat Iquitos twice within the last twelve month, still was also left behind twice by him at the same time. Guignol's recent start at the GP von Berlin was cancelled, the front-runner shall enter the Grosse Preis von Baden entirely rested.

Savoir Vivre, like Guignol, is trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho for the Stall Ullmann. He is another Adlerflug-descendant, who finished runner-up in the 2016 German Derby and came eighth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last year. He just ended a nine month lay-off in Deauville and also holds an entry for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Thirteen foreign horses are on the list of the 2017 Grosse Preis von Baden, six of them from the Godolphin stable.
Best Solution got beaten by Iquitos by one and a half length in Munich on July 30. Eclipse Stakes winner Hawkbill and Racing History are two other Godolphin horses already run twice in German Group 1 races, where they finished second and third both times. Racing History came from a nine month break when ended third in the GP von Berlin recently, he might increase next time.

Wings Of Desire ended fourth in the 2016 Epsom Derby after he had won the Dante Stakes. His participation in the 2017 Grosse Preis von Baden would be a great appreciation, as it would be a start of last year's Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner My Dream Boat, still it is quite unlikely that they really travel to Baden-Baden.

Wicklow Brave has two Group 1 victories on his account, but that was over hurdles. The eight-year-old gelding returned to the flat recently and managed a remarkable fourth place in the Goodwood Cup (G1, 3,219 m).

The Grosse Preis von Baden takes place since 1858. Famous horses like Kincsem, Oleander, Acatenango, Lando, Marienbard or Danedream could win Germany's most important horse race. The winner of this classic is qualified for the Japan Cup and the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Ante-Post odds and a Livestream for the Grosse Preis von Baden 2017 can be found at RaceBets.com and Betbird.com.

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