The Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Bayern takes centre stage at Munich on Thursday and gives racing fans a rare opportunity to see top quality racing during the week.
The race has been farmed by Jean-Pierre Carvalho in recent years with him taking the last four renewals, Ivanhowe (2014), Ito (2015), Guignol (2016 & 2017). The prize is destined to go elsewhere this season as Carvalho has no runner.
Defoe heads the market and raiding party for this Group 1, he won his first two starts of the season including the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Roger Varian raised his sights for a brace of Group One’s contests at the Curragh and Baden-Baden where he was placed on both occasions. On his last start, he finished a well-beaten 15th in the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe behind the all-conquering Enable.
This was a disappointing run but would still give him a chance in this contest. Defoe beat one of today’s rivals Iquitos in the Preis Von Baden Group 1 Stakes two starts back and that rival will be looking to keep the prize in Germany. Iquitos has only won once this season but has run respectably in top races all season and he was second in this twelve months ago behind Guignol. I think he lacks the class to win but showed still run his race.
Royal Youmzain represents the classic generation and is held in high regard by leading trainer Andreas Wohler, so much so that he has jumped off well fancied on all of his starts. Since stepping up in the class he has been met with defeat including the German Derby and the Group 1 Preis Von Berlin. On a line through Best Solution, it would appear that Iquitos has the beating of Royal Youmzain.
The next Brittish raider is Dee Ex Bee, who boasts a runners-up medal in the Epsom Derby earlier in the year behind Massar.. Mark Johnston’s inmate has looked slightly regressive since that run and although he ran well to finish fourth in the St Leger when last seen, he was still beaten nine lengths. This drop down in trip looks sure to suit the son Farhh and if he recaptures his Derby form then he must go close.
The rest of the field is made of Tiberian, Racing History and Windstoss.