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Caspar ghosts past rivals in German Guineas

Updated: Monday, 28 May 2012 23:31 | Comments

Caspar Netscher could meet Red Duke again in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot
Caspar Netscher could meet Red Duke again in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot

British raider Caspar Netscher came with a withering late run to win the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne.

Alan McCabe's three-year-old failed to make an impact in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, but was the 3-1 favourite to atone in this less competitive field.

Caspar Netscher was slowly away in the one-mile contest, but Shane Kelly was happy to bide his time until the home turn.

Kelly asked his mount to quicken down the inside against the rail and he did so in some style, easily picking up Amarillo to secure a decisive success.

The other British challenger was Red Duke, who was far from disgraced in finishing third.

John Quinn's inmate encountered one or two traffic problems in the straight, but he rattled home down the outside under Jamie Spencer.

McCabe said: "Everything went perfectly to plan today and it's fantastic.

"Things went awry for him in the Guineas at Newmarket, but myself and Shane said today we'd drop him out last to try and make sure he gets the trip and ride him for a turn of foot.

"He's actually probably ended up in front a bit soon, but Shane said he just took him there and I can't believe how well it went.

"We'll take him home and make a plan from there.

"He's in the Jersey Stakes but we might have a look at the Prix Jean Prat in France for him."

Quinn said of Red Duke: "He had no run at all in the straight and, in the end, he's done very well to finish third.

"Well done to Alan McCabe and Charles Wentworth (owner), but I think we were very unlucky and he'll surely have his day.

"He just had nowhere to go and it's unfortunate, but hopefully now we'll go for the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"After that he'll probably go to Goodwood for either the Lennox Stakes or the Sussex Stakes and then probably on to America."

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