Germany's 2004 Horse of the Year Soldier Hollow got back to his winning ways when he defeated even-money choice Arcadio to give trainer Peter Schiergen the first two finishers in Sunday's Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Ger-I) at Munich.
The British-bred son of In The Wings kicked home for jockey William Mongil with a quarter-mile to go in the 10-furlong test to nip the 3-year-old Arcadio, who was turning back in distance following a third-place finish in the German Derby (Ger-I) at Hamburg July 3.
The French-trained Tiganello came from last in the field of eight to nip Sweet Wake for third, three lengths behind the first two finishers.
"Arcadio has earned a rest," Schiergen told Racing Post
. "There are no suitable races for Soldier Hollow in Germany, so we will have to take him abroad. We could even ship him to the States if we can find a mile and a quarter race where the ground will not be too firm."
There was no beating Soldier Hollow in his native country last year when he rattled off wins in the Hessen Pokal (Ger-III) at Frankfurt, the Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe (Ger-III) at Baden-Baden, and the Euro-Cup (Ger-II) back at Frankfurt. He kept his streak going with a win in the Premio Roma (Ity-I) in November, but came home last in the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin a month later.
He lost his two previous starts in 2005, including a disqualification in the Hansa-Preis (Ger-II) at Hamburg in his last time.