Despite a frightening second – star jockey shows its class


The best jockey in the world won Germany’s most important mare race on Sunday.

Lanfranco Dettori triumphed in the 162nd Henkel Prize of Diana (Group I, 500,000 euros, 2,200 m) with three-year-old Sea The Stars daughter Miss Yoda (6.3: 1), who trains star trainer John Gosden in Newmarket / England ) on the racecourse in Düsseldorf.
300,000 victory premium in this classic goes to Westerberg, the stable of Georg von Opel, who bought the mare two years ago from the Etzean stud for 280,000 euros at the BBAG yearling auction. The fourth success at Miss Yoda’s seventh career start was an impressive affair. Of course, the subsequent “Dettori jump” from the horse was not to be missed.

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From number one in the 15-man field (Tickle Me Green had been canceled), Lanfranco Dettori immediately secured the lead for his mare Miss Yoda and divided the pace in the best possible way. Zamrud and Moon A Lisa immediately followed in the next positions, the Irin Silence Please also belonged to the front meeting, while the co-favorite Virginia Joy was in third to last place.

Miss Yoda scared

On the home stretch, Miss Yoda stopped short at the transition and got a little out of time, so that Zamrud and Silence Please were shortly ahead, but after the mini-mishap, Miss Yoda immediately got up again, took the lead again and secured the Classic in a very safe manner with a three-quarter length advantage.

Victory jockey Lanfranco Dettori in a first statement: “We got off to a very good start. I wanted to go in front. Miss Yoda did a great job. In the straights she stopped a bit and probably wanted to go towards the stables, but I got to the mare said she should concentrate and she did that. “
Owner Georg von Opel said: “Thank God Miss Yoda put the throttle back on the straight after the little mishap. John Gosden is one of the best coaches in the world. He has a great sensitivity. Miss Yoda is not an easy horse that is relative is nervous. The entire team also deserves respect. Now the celebrations are decent. “

Adrie turns up too late

Marc Sonnenburg from Etzean Stud was of course delighted with the terrific breeding success: “When we gave Miss Yoda to England, we never thought we would see her again in Germany. The fact that she won Diana is awesome for us.”

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Zamrud got through well from second position and saved second place with a nose advantage against Virginia Joy, who was rushing in from far behind, who had to catch up a lot and change lanes briefly, but pulled herself out of the affair brilliantly.
Coach Marcel Weiß said: “We had planned that she would take the game from the reserve so that she could play off her speed. Adrie found all the gaps. Unfortunately, the goal came 50 meters early for a better placement.”
Fourth, Silence Please had great moments. Kalifornia Queen also made up some ground as fourth. The four-bet paid 730.2: 1 euro.


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