Caspar Nets German Guineas
Caspar Nets German Guineas
Sporting Life

Caspar Netscher

Alan McCabe’s stable star Caspar Netscher won the German 2000 Guineas on Monday.

The remarkable son of Dutch Art ran on well to gain a first success over a mile in the Group Two Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen at Cologne having finished ninth in the English version of the Classic at Newmarket on his preceding start.

Held-up in rear having missed a beat at the start, Shane Kelly was content to bide his time with a steady but genuine gallop being set.

As the field began to fan out turning into the straight, Kelly took full advantage of the cutaway on the inside rail to make his move up the inside of the field where he had plenty of room to make his challenge.

The 3-1 favourite ran on well to reel in Amarillo and had just enough petrol in the tank to hold on and score with Red Duke back in third.

John Quinn’s charge had travelled strongly in fifth for Jamie Spencer but lost his position as the field turned in and found himself shuffled to the rear.

Once out in the open, Red Duke jinked to his left but Spencer soon had him organised and the Hard Spun colt picked up the bit and made good late headway to edge out Axiom for the minor placing

Caspar Netscher was winning the fifth race of his career and third at this level in just 13 starts.

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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