Temida took command with just over a furlong to run and drew off to an easy two-length victory in the Grosser Preis von Bayern (Ger-I) at Munich Racecourse Aug. 12.
It was the first group I victory for the 4-year-old daughter of Oratorio, who is trained by Miltcho Mintchev for her Bulgarian-based owners, Litex Commerce AD.
A field of six went to the post in the Bayern, with favorite Earl of Tinsdal breaking alertly and being sent to the lead. The 4-year-old colt was trying for a repeat victory in the race, having captured it last season when it was run as the Rheinland-Pokal (Ger-I).
Earl of Tinsdal led the field throughout the early stages of the race. He was tracked closely by Feuerblitz and Baltic Rock, as Temida was held up at the rear of the field by jockey Filip Minarik.
Earl of Tinsdal began to run out of gas as the field neared the two-furlong marker. Temida, who had begun to edge closer to the leaders, quickly swept past Earl of Tinsdal to take the lead. Temida continued to widen her lead through the final furlong to win easily while under a hand ride.
Feuerblitz got up for second, with Earl of Tinsdal holding on for third, three lengths further back. Final time for the 12 furlongs was a course record 2:26.38, run over a turf course labeled as ‘good’.
After the race trainer Mintchev said, “We always had great faith in this filly, and that is why we kept her in training, as I was sure she could win a good race. She will run once more before we retire her to our stud in England, probably in the Grosser Preis von Baden (Ger-I).”
Temida was bred in Ireland by Anne and Gerard Corry. She is out of Interim Payment, a winning daughter of Red Ransom that hails from the immediate family of stakes winners Midships and Principal Role.