Schiergen looks to Baden-Baden for German Derby hero Sammarco

Peter Schiergen’s Deutsches Derby hero Sammarco has a Baden-Baden Group One assignment in the works before English and French targets are considered.

The colt prevailed by a short head in the Hamburg Classic, defeating Markus Klug’s Schwarzer Peter as he made a late challenge down the outside of the track.

The victory follows a previous Group Two success in the Union-Rennen, a race in which the son of Camelot defeated the Derby favourite and eventual third-placed So Moonstruck.

Schiergen reports the bay to be in fine form following his triumph and has an eye on the Grosser Preis von Baden for a next racecourse outing.

The Baden-Baden contest is another Group One, run over the same 12-furlong trip as the German Derby and won last season by the subsequent German-trained Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe champion, Torquator Tasso.

“Sammarco is perfect, he has come back home and we are very happy with him. He is very sound,” said Schiergen.

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“It was a hard fight. He has not done too much, only four starts, but he is a very good fighter and he loves to run.

“I have to talk to the owner, it is still early and we might like to give him a small break.

“I think his next run will be in the Grosser Preis von Baden, after that we will look maybe to France or England for his next race.”

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