Meandre Much the Best in G.P. von Berlin
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 7/22/2012 2:38:20 PM
Last Updated: 7/24/2012 10:53:31 AM
Meandre continued his winning ways with a decisive 1 1/4-length victory in the Grosser Preis von Berlin (Ger-I) at Hoppegarten July 22.
It was the second straight group I victory for the 4-year-old son of Slickly after he captured the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) June 24. One of Meandre’s victims that day was none other than Danedream, who came back to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) on Saturday.
Six older horses went to the post in the Grosser Preis von Berlin, with the Andre Fabre-trained Meandre going off the heavy favorite. Also highly thought of was the multiple stakes winner Earl of Tinsdal, who entered the race off a victory in the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) June 10.
Earl of Tinsdal broke alertly and was sent to the front by jockey Andrasch Starke. That pair was followed by Baschar in second, with Sir Lando and Meandre sitting just behind them in third and fourth.
Earl of Tinsdal continued to show the way at a steady gallop. With about three furlongs left to go the tempo increased as Starke asked his mount for more. Meandre was making rapid progress under Maxime Guyon on the outside, and the gray colt drove alongside Earl of Tinsdal with just over a furlong left.
The two runners matched strides briefly, but the race was soon over, as Meandre drew off through the final furlong to win easily. Earl of Tinsdal held on for second, with Baschar a half-length back in third.
Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:31.50 over the good turf course.
Meandre was bred in France and races as a homebred for the Rothschild family. He is the first foal out of Penne, a stakes-placed daughter of Sevres Rose.
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