Feodora triumphs in very messy German Oaks

Andreas Wohler’s Feodora won a very messy renewal of the 156th Henkel-Preis Der Diana (German Oaks) at Dusseldorf yesterday.

Pre-race talk centred on the unbeaten Wunder, who had won the Prix Chloe at Chantilly and represented the same connections of domestic superstar Sea The Moon in trainer Markus Klug and owner Gestut Gorlsdorf.

But Wunder suffered major interference with a furlong and a half to run when she was squeezed up by the drifting Diamond Dove, ridden by Freddie Tylicki, which allowed Mirco Demuro and Feodora, previously a maiden, to take advantage by sneaking up the hedge on the inside.

Diamond Dove stuck on for second while Wunder finished just out of the places.

* Esoterique gave Andre Fabre a one-two in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville when quickening past her much-better fancied stablemate Miss France.

The Group One event boiled up into a very tactical renewal, with 1000 Guineas winner Miss France and Maxime Guyon looking to have made a decisive move inside the final furlong before Pierre-Charles Boudot swept past on the wide outside. The only British runner in the quartet, the Michael Stoute-trained Integral, had every chance but could only finish third.

No-one was particularly keen to go on, and they quickly split into couples with L’Amour De Ma Vie setting a laboured gallop on the far side, followed by her Duke Of Cambridge Stakes conqueror Integral.

The Fabre pair then elected to join them, and Esoterique was in last place but still travelling well.

The Danehill Dancer four-year-old, who is owned by Baron Edouard De Rothschild, had beaten Integral in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in the Spring but was no match for that rival at Royal Ascot.

Boudot said: “It was great because I just completely switched her off and that is what she needs, she needs to be relaxed. I got a brilliant lead right up to the last furlong pole and when she quickens she really knows how to. She has a really good turn of foot and responded immediately.”

Boudot was riding his second Group One winner having partnered Gallante to win the Grand Prix de Paris last month.

* Roger Varian has confirmed Kingston Hill will have his next outing at this month’s York Ebor meeting.

The Investec Derby runner-up has entries in both the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Juddmonte International on the Knavesmire and the trainer is set to take advantage of his versatility.

Kingston Hill was last seen finishing fourth in the Coral Eclipse and Varian told At The Races: “After the Eclipse he had an easy couple of weeks.

“I think he’s set for a great second half of the season.

“He’s entered in everything, from 10 furlongs to the Leger over a mile and six, but the plan is to run at York. He’s got plenty of options but he’s a very good horse.”

b5Intrinsic could make his first Group-race appearance in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh on August 23.

Trainer Robert Cowell has yet to make a firm plan for his rapidly-improving sprinter, who extended his unbeaten record for the yard to three in Saturday’s 32Red Cup at Goodwood.

In the aftermath, the trainer suggested Intrinsic “could go all the way” and had been given an entry for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock

“He’s absolutely fine and full of himself, he looks a picture,” said Cowell on Sunday.

“It’s all a bit up in the air at the moment. We’ll have a sit down with Malih Al Basti (owner) and work something out.

“He’s in a race in Ireland in a couple of weeks, which is an option, while I’m also going to enter him in the big Qipco Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day.”

Cowell was feeling in decent order himself, explaining he had “ditched the lime green shirt” he had chosen to wear at Goodwood, which had apparently been a source of amusement for his friends and colleagues.

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