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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
Monday, July 23, 2012
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Trainer Peter Schiergen is plotting an identical autumn campaign for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Danedream, before she is retired at the end of this season.
Shiergen revealed the ambitious plan that includes defending her 2011 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe crown and a return visit to the Japan Cup after Danedream got up on the line to beat Nathaniel by a nose in the £1million feature race at Ascot on Saturday.
The narrow win was the German trained four-year-old’s seventh in 16 starts and boosts her earnings to more that £3million in a prolific career that also includes victory in the Italian Oaks.
“I thought that we were second,” admitted Shiergen who won the German jockeys’ championship five times before taking out a trainer’s licence 14 years ago. “On her last race, she didn’t travel and there wasn’t a good pace but today there was a good pace and it was good for her.”
“It’s a great feeling and this was very important for Germany. I think that, if everything is good with her, she will go to for a small Group 1 in Baden-Baden and afterwards we will go for the Arc and probably end her career in the Japan Cup.”
“It is a very good feeling to win my first Group race at Ascot. Before I had places in Group races here.
“She has won on all sorts of ground and doesn’t mind. It was a French race last time, it was a good start and then a small pace followed by a sprint and she didn’t like it. She has been better since and last year was the same. She is very relaxed at home and so good in the mornings.
“She is very good and she wins her races with her head and her heart.
“This will be her last year of racing. I had a good feeling coming into the straight that she would be placed but I wasn’t sure about a win. She had a good run in the final quarter-mile and everything turned out all right.”
Jockey Andrasch Starke said: “It was close and I thought that there was only a nose between us. I hoped that it was for me and it was for me - it was very tight but I had a good feeling.
“She is unbelievable. Never forget the best performance from a horse and she had won the Arc. We were getting excited today to come to a race like this.
“I don’t know what happened with her last time but everything is in good shape today. She fought today and it’s definitely the biggest moment of my life.”