Grosser Preis von Baden 2017
September 3, 2017 - 2,400 metres, Group 1, Iffezheim, Germany
Preview September 1, 2017
More likely than not Iquitos
will be the first horse since Danedream
to defend the title in the Grosse Preis von Baden.
He will face his three times conqueror Guignol
the current German Derby winner Windstoß
or the Autumn Stakes winner Best Solution
still Iquitos should be able to prevail against this opponents.
Derby favourite Colomano
and the second international guest, Prize Money
appeared well out of form lately, they will have to improve massively
to have a chance in the 145th Grosse Preis von Baden (16:20 CET).
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
Preis 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 then again,
when won the Bayerische Zuchtrennen (G1, 2000 m) in Munich impressively.
Iquitos is set to take part in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after the GP von Baden.
already run five times against Iquitos,
even passed the line three times ahead of him.
He had his big break last November, when won the GP von Bayern (G1, 2,400 m)
wire to wire as 32:1 outsider.
This year he won the Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft with a neck against Iquitos,
stayed five length behind him in the Hansa Preis on July 1.
Guignol has not run since,
he will most probably take the lead on Sunday again.
is one of two Godolphin horses in the 2017 Grosse Preis von Baden.
The gelding caused a sensation by winning the Dubai City Of Gold Stakes
ahead of Postponed in March. He finished fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic afterwards,
still passed the line ahead of Highland Reel or Sounds Of Earth.
However, the son of Authorized did not achieve anything back home in England since,
also ended only sixth in the Bayerische Zuchtrennen in Munich on July 30.
won the Autumn-Stakes in Newmarket as a two-year-old and
became a strong runner-up in last year's Critérium de Saint-Cloud,
but could not satisfy the high expectations in 2017,
disappointed in the Epsom Derby and the King Edward VII Stakes.
He recently finished runner-up in the Bayerische Zuchtrennen, just one and a half length behind Iquitos,
so he might surprise in the Grosse Preis von Baden.
is obviously on the short list, as he is the current German Derby winner,
but the German three-year-old generation could not convince at all so far.
None of the German Derby participants made positive headlines since,
which is not the very best indicator for Windstoß, who will have his first start since the Derby.
The son of Shirocco had won the Düsseldorf Derby trial earlier this year and
came runner-up in the Oppenheim-Union-Rennen (G2, 2,200 m) despite an only six day break.
, like Windstoß trained by Markus Klug, became Derby favourite after he had won the
Oppenheim-Union-Rennen, met interference in the Derby then and ended only 13th.
He tried to redeem himself in the GP von Berlin (G1, 2,400) in August,
but crossed the line ten length behind Dschingis Secret.
It is likely that he, like Iquitos, will settle at the end of the field
in the GP von Baden. If Guignol will not run a fast race at the front, that would not be positive for both.
Spend The Cash
is another horse from the Markus Klug stable.
The son of Adlerflug already failed in the
2015 Grosse Preis von Baden
flopped in Dubai last year too. He just ended a one and a half year break to win a 3,000 Euro race in Bad Harzburg,
just not enough to compete in a Group 1 classic.
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.