Iota, unbeaten in 13 starts, was the 13th winner of the German Oaks since 1935 for owner/breeder Gestut Schlenderhan.The Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) Aug. 17 at York is the main goal for Iota, Schiergen said.Basilea Gold (6), Power Girl (7), A Beautiful Mind (8), Nouvelle Noblesse (9), Anjuscha (10), Garden Route (11) and Colatina completed the order. The final time was 2:28.04 on soft going.
Iota's four-length win over the pacesetter North Queen in Sunday's Pries der Diana (Ger-I), or German Oaks, gave trainer Peter Schiergen a one-two finish at Hamburg.Ridden by Terry Hellier, the German-bred Iota dropped back early in the 11-furlong event for 3-year-old fillies, but given the slow pace set by North Queen and jockey William Mongil, was soon pressing the leader after a half-mile. The daughter of Tiger Hill held a two-length advantage coming off the final bend and continued to add to her lead through the straight. The Irish-bred North Queen was three-quarters of a length in front of Indigo Girl, with Gonbarda finishing fourth. Favored Wurfscheibe was fifth in the field of 12.