Darely Stud's Mokabra Wins German Juvenile

Darley Stud Management's Mokabra seized the lead 50 yards from the wire and outlasted local hope Slawomira by a head in Germany's top juvenile stakes, the Maurice Lacroix Trophy (Ger-II) at Baden-Baden Friday.

British trainer Mick Channon collected his fifth win in the race in the last nine years.

The six-furlong event, which drew a field of seven, was run in 1:10.19 on a good course.

Ridden by Ted Durcan, the Cape Cross colt didn't acquit himself as well as a 2-5 favorite might have been expected. But Durcan dismissed criticism.

"He's a very lazy horse but is as honest as they come," Durcan told the Racing Post. "He was off the bridle from the start but I knew from some way out that he was going to win. The margin was narrow but he had a bit left in the tank and could have pulled out more if required."

Slawomira, a filly making her second start, grabbed the lead two furlongs from home, but couldn't quite hold off the winner for jockey Andreas Suborics. Marabout Directa, another German bred, was third, 2 1/2 lengths behind the first two.

With just Sunday's Grosser Preis Von Baden (Ger-I) left in the 10-day International Meeting at Baden-Baden, British interests have captured four of the five Pattern races.