By Nicholas Godfrey
Baden-Baden: Grosser Preis von Baden G1 €160,000, 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
Torquator Tasso (Marcel Weiss/Rene Piechulek)
Germany’s horse of the year Torquator Tasso will bid to become his country’s third winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after staying on well to land the 149th edition of the Grosser Preis von Baden.
The Gestut Auenquelle four-year-old was third to Barney Roy in the same race in 2020 before landing his first G1 victory in the Grosser Preis von Bayern at Hoppegarten.
Sunday’s renewal of the GP von Baden, Germany’s most prestigious race, was a fairly bizarre affair in some respects. There were only seven runners but Pessemona almost refused to exit the gate and lost several lengths, while French-trained Millebosc was pulled up by Adrie de Vries after running wide at the first bend and taking a circuitous route down the back straight via the outside rail.
Sent off 9-5 favourite, Torquator Tasso was driven to challenge as they entered the straight before outpointing German Derby winner Sisfahan by a length with Godolphin’s Passion And Glory nearly four lengths away in third.
The winner will now bid to emulate Star Appeal and Danedream in winning Europe’s most valuable race for Germany at ParisLongchamp on October 3. Paddy Power offered 50-1.
Shall we talk about it?
Marcel Weiss (trainer): “The Arc is his next target – our plan has always been to head for the Arc, and nothing has changed. The race was quite messy but it didn’t bother the horse, who was able to show what great ability he has. He did his job today with flying colours – and that also applies to his jockey Rene Piechulek. “
Rene Piechulek (jockey): “What a great effort that was! He showed his class after a tricky race.”