Sea The Moon tests his Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe claims in the German Derby

Last Updated: 05/07/14 9:21am

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Geoffrey Chaucer will be ridden by Ryan Moore

Geoffrey Chaucer will be ridden by Ryan Moore

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Sea The Moon tests his Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe credentials at Hamburg on Sunday when he runs in the German Derby.

Markus Klug's unbeaten colt has impressively won two races this season and takes the next stop along the ladder against a strong field, which includes the supplemented duo of Geoffrey Chaucer, trained by Aidan O'Brien, and Godolphin's Pinzolo.

The son of Sea The Stars will have a new rider as Christophe Soumillon has been preferred to regular jockey Andreas Helfenbein.

Klug said: "He has been in very good form since he last won Cologne and we are very hopeful. This is a big test for him, but he has done everything well at home and will enjoy the extra furlong.

"The ground at Hamburg is good, but there is rain forecast and that will be even better for our horse.

"The owner wanted Christophe to ride him in the Germany Derby. We are lucky to have him as he is one of the best jockeys in the world.

"If all is well, we will then look at the Grosser Preis von Baden and then possibly the Arc."

Klug is also represented in the race by Weltmacht, the mount of Tom Queally.

The trainer said: "She is a nice filly and finished second in a Group Three at Hoppegarten last month. This is much tougher, but I hope she runs well."

Charlie Appleby reports Pinzolo, who beat just two horses home in the Epsom Derby, in top trim for his German mission.

The Newmarket handler said: "He didn't handle the hill at Epsom and James (Doyle) looked after him. He came out of the race well, so we decided to supplement him. He's in good order."

Geoffrey Chaucer finished last at Epsom, but he had previously finished an unlucky third in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.

The son of Montjeu will again be partnered by Ryan Moore.

Others of note include Lucky Lion, who is chasing a four-timer, runaway Munich scorer Magic Artist and Wild Chief, who was fourth in the French Derby behind The Grey Gatsby.

Man On The Spot's verdict

Geoffrey Chaucer and Pinzolo arrive with a point to prove having both finished tailed off at Epsom in the Derby. The former makes most appeal to bounce back with Ryan Moore making the trip over.

There's plenty of unexposed types among the home team but Sea The Moon and Magic Artist have already beaten most of them in the process of landing Derby trial races at Cologne and Munich respectively.

German 2000 Guineas winner Lucky Lion continues to improve but there's a slight doubt if he'll stay this longer trip as well as WILD CHIEF. Jens Hirschberger's colt ran a massive race at 66/1 when fourth behind The Great Gatsby in the French Derby at Chantilly last month and gets the vote on that form. 

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