Lightly raced British invader Albanova held off a game challenge from Dayano in the final yards for a neck victory in the West LB Deutschland Preis (Ger-I) at Dusseldorf on Sunday.
Trained by Newmarket-based Sir Mark Prescott for the owner and breeder, Kirsten Rausing, the 5-year-old Alzao mare enjoyed the soft going at Dusseldorf at odds of 11-1. Under Terry Hellier, the full sister to Dubai Champion Stakes winner Alborada completed the 1 1/2-mile event in 2:33.39. She has won five times in her eight-race career.
Third-place finisher Rotteck, flanked by 11-10 favorite Brian Boru, who finished up fifth in the field of seven, set the pace. Hellier had Albanova close to the leaders while racing on the iinside of Dayano.
Rotteck pulled clear to a two length advantage with a furlong to go after Brian Boru began to lose ground early in the straight. As Rotteck came under a hard ride, though, Albanova moved into second, eventually pulling ahead of stubborn Rotteck in the final 50 yards. Dayano ran on under pressure to get second by three-quarters of a length.
Prescott was represented at Dusseldorf by Lord John Fitzgerald, a former Newmarket trainer who told Racing Post
: "The rain came just right for us. She definitely needs the soft ground but we always felt she had a big race in her.
"She's entered in all the top races, including the Grosser Preis von Baden and the Arc and we'll go where it's soft."
El Tiger was fourth.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Brian Boru had nothing for the run to the wire, a performance jockey Jamie Spencer termed "very disappoinitng."
La Ina and Senex completed the order.