Royal Power, ridden by Chris Catlin, grabbed the lead two furlongs from home and dug in late to defeat the closing Aspecutus by a head in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German Two Thousand Guineas) (Ger-II) at Cologne Sunday.Trained by Mick Channon for owner Jaber Abdullah, the Irish-bred son of Xaar was coming off a second-place finish in the Italian equivalent of the German race last month.Catlin earned his first Classic win, putting Royal Power in a tracking position for most of the one-mile journey contested on a good course. Royal Power overtook the pacesetting Sovereign Dancer for the lead.Aspectus, also bred in Ireland, was held up in mid-pack before launching his bid in the final furlong to challenge Royal Power. He finished one length in front of Lord Of England, who stayed on for third, three-quarters of a length ahead of British invader Chief Commander. Sovereign Dancer held on for fifth.
Majestic Roi, who has always been held in high esteem by her trainer, Mick Channon, rewarded his faith when turning in a powerful performance in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket Oct. 6.