Maiden Feodora Breaks Through in German Oaks

Feodora went from maiden to classic winner when capturing the Henkel-Preis der Diana-Deutsches Stuten-Derby (Ger-I, German Oaks) Aug. 3 at Dusseldorf.
Ridden by Mirco Demuro for trainer Andreas Wohler, Feodora raced in midfield early and powered up along the rail to overtake runner-up Diamond Dove inside the final 200 meters. She spurted away to a comfortable 2 1/2-length tally at 26-1 odds. 
Diana Trial (Ger-II) winner Longina, who led after the first 200 meters, was collared by German group III winner Diamond Dove nearing the final furlong but held for third, three lengths behind that rival in the 12-horse field. 
French group III winner Wunder, the 13-10 favorite with Racing Post, finished fifth after being hampered 300 meters out by drifting Diamond Dove. Demuro was handy to capitalize on the hedge with Feodora.
Last season, Feodora was second to Diamond Dove in the Mehl Mulhens Stiftung-Preis der Winterkonigin (Ger-III) at Baden-Baden. Her seven-start record also includes a runner-up finish to Oaks sixth-place finisher Oriental Magic prior to that in the Winterkonigin-Trial 20,000 at Cologne.
Feodora was one of three German Oaks entrants for Wohler, who also sent out Tanamia and Ninfea, who finished seventh and 11th, respectively.
German One Thousand Guineas (Ger-II) victress Ajaxana ran ninth in pursuit of a second classic win.
Feodora is the first group I winner for sire Lord of England, a German group I-winning son of Dashing Blade who stands at Gestut Etzean near Frankfurt. Feodora is a Gestut Etzean homebred out of the winning Greinton mare Forever Nice, who also produced group-winning three-quarter brother Forthe Millionkiss, by Dashing Blade.  

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