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Sammarco shows his class for another Group One success

German Derby hero Sammarco doubled his Group One tally in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich on Sunday.

The Peter Schiergen-trained Camelot colt claimed Classic glory by a short head over a mile and a half at Hamburg four weeks ago and dropped back to a mile and a quarter for his latest assignment.

Ridden by Arc-winning jockey Rene Piechulek, Sammacro tracked the early pacesetter Queroyal before being popped the question early in the home straight.

It looked like Schiergen’s charge might have to make do with minor honours when Amazing Grace quickened to the lead, but Sammarco really top gear in the closing stages to reel her in and was ultimately well on top at the line.

Schiergen, who saddled Rocchigiani to win a Group Three at Goodwood on Friday, said: “It was a good performance. It was not easy going from 2400 metres to 2000 metres.

“We’ll decide the next plan with the owner. He has a lot of entries now. He would like to go for the Grosser Preis von Baden, but we will decide later.”

Schiergen memorably won the 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with the brilliant mare Danedream, but is undecided as to whether to aim for the ParisLongchamp showpiece with his latest stable star.

He added: “He is not entered for the Arc and I’m not sure.

“I think he will run at Baden-Baden and then we will decide what to do.”

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.”