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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.

“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.”

Dettori third as Sammarco wins German Derby for Schiergen

There was no joy for Frankie Dettori as So Moonstruck had to settle for third behind Sammarco in a thrilling finish to the IDEE 153rd Deutsches Derby at Hamburg on Sunday.

The Italian was looking for his second win in the German Classic having ridden Temporal to victory in 1991, but it was Bauyrzhan Murzabayev aboard Sammarco who landed the spoils to hand trainer Peter Schiergen his sixth victory in the race.

Dettori was to the fore early aboard the 100-30 favourite, in a race that was delayed for almost 30 minutes as ground staff realigned the running rail near the starting stalls, and the 51-year-old was soon tracking long-time leader Angelino alongside the eventual winner and the Andreas Wöhler-trained Maraseem.

Fellow British-based jockey Jack Mitchell on Dapango loomed into contention as the race entered the home straight with the duo momentarily hitting the front, but it was Sammarco and the Markus Klug-trained pair of So Moonstruck and the fast-finishing Schwarzer Peter (second) that fought out the finish in the closing stages with the judge calling for a photo to separate the trio.

Hollie Doyle’s mount Wagnis was in the rear throughout and could only finish 11th.

Although there was no joy for Klug in the feature event, he saddled a one-two in the supporting Mehl Mulhens-Trophy as Doyle and Well Disposed got the better of Dettori and the favourite Mountaha by a length and a half in the one-mile-three-furlong Group Three.