Grosser Preis von Baden 2014

September 7, 2014 - 2,400 metres (1½ miles), 3yo and older, Iffezheim, Germany

Pl. Dist.
Kg Trainer Jockey Odds
Ivanhowe 60 J.P. Carvalho F. Minarik 11,6
2. 3 Sea The Moon 56 M. Klug C. Demuro 1,5
3. 2 Night Wish 60 W. Figge A. Pietsch 34,9
4. 1 1/2 Giant's Cauldron 56 P. Schiergen A. Helfenbein 39,5
5. 1/2 Sirius 56 A. Löwe S. Hellyn 9,2
6. 1 Berlin Berlin 58,5 M. Klug F. Tylicki 24,1
7. 3 1/2 Lucky Lion 56 A. Löwe I. Mendizabal 6,2
8. 3/4 Iniciar 60 J.P. Carvalho G. Pardon 48,7
9. 3 Lucky Speed 60 P. Schiergen A. de Vries 14,5
10. 3 1/2 Amonit 60 J. Hirschberger A. Crastus 46,9
11. 6 Terrubi 60 A. Wöhler E. Pedroza 11,4

Preview from September 5, 2014

The unbeaten three-year-old German Derby winner Sea The Moon will face older opposition for the first time at the 144th Grosse Preis von Baden on Sunday. Opponents from abroad will not turn up in Iffezheim, still the participating German horses seem strong enough to offer him a decent test for the upcoming Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

There were rumours about Sea The Moon's physical condition the recent weeks. Germany's currently most successful trainer Markus Klug declared on Monday that Sea The Moon would not be on hundred percent yet, that is was he should be at the Arc in October. As world class jockey Christophe Soumillon is engaged in France on Sunday Cristian Demuro will ride Sea The Moon in Iffezheim, where he will most likely storm to the front of the field, like he did in his first four runs which he all won wire to wire.

Resistance could come from Lucky Speed the winner of the German Derby 2013, who could not satisfy expectations this year yet after an almost one year long injury layoff.

The same is true for Ivanhowe who had been top favourite in last year's German Derby where he ended only as eighth due to an injury. He returned after ten month by winning the Gerling-Preis (Group 2), but then disappointed in the Grand Prix de Chantilly in June and did not run since.

One of Germany's best three-year-olds is undoubtedly Andreas Löwe's Lucky Lion. He impressed not only in the Derby-trials, he also won the Grosse Dallmayr-Preis (Group 1) over 2,000 meters in July ahead of the highly valued Noble Mission. There are doubts about his stamina though, at the German Derby 2014 he got beaten by Sea The Moon by eleven length over 2,400 meters.

With Sirius Andreas Löwe has another powerful three-year-old at the start. He won the Große Preis von Berlin (Group 1, 2,400m) ahead of Berlin Berlin and Lucky Speed four weeks ago.

Andreas Wöhler supplemented Terrubi who is reported to start in the Melbourne Cup in November. The son of Dalakhani beat horses like Brown Panther, Going Somewhere or Seismos when won the Prix Maurice de Nieuil over 2,800 meters in July.

Besides Ivanhowe Jean-Pierre Carvalho also nominated Inicar. The son of Galileo only disappointed so far, but he is known as a frontrunner and could fight for the lead with Sea The Moon, which would be an interesting scenario.

All in all it must be said, if Sea The Moon, the current top favourite of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, cannot win the Grosse Preis von Baden on Sunday, he will not have an easy time in Paris in October.

The Grosse Preis von Baden is the highest classified horse race in Germany, is was first run in 1858. The winner automatically gets an invitation to the Breeders' Cup Turf and the Japan Cup.

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