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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.

Arc hero Tasso back to winning ways

Last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victor Torquator Tasso returned to winning form in the Grosser Hansa-Preis at Hamburg on Saturday.

The five-year-old was a shock winner of the ParisLongchamp showpiece last autumn, defeating Tarnawa by three-quarters of a length for trainer Marcel Weiss and jockey Rene Piechulek.

He was well-beaten on his return at Baden-Baden in May, but bounced back to his best over 12 furlongs in Hamburg, showing a smart change of gear to win by three and a half lengths from Northern Ruler.

Piechulek told www.galopponline.de: “I already had a much better feeling today before the race. You can tell that straight away when he’s in a good mood. We agreed with the trainer that we would completely forget about running in Baden and start afresh today.”

Torquator Tasso holds an entry in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month and Paddy Power chopped his price to 6-1 from 20s for the Group One heat, although Weiss has yet to discuss plans with connections.

He said: “The start of the year wasn’t really good, but that’s his biorhythm and you have to accept it. I’m very satisfied with today’s run and it everything is going according to plan.

“How we proceed now, we will discuss with the owners in the coming days.”