Novellist wins the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden

03 Sep 2013 Comments 0


Novellist storms clear in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden at Iffezheim on Sunday, 1 September 2013, picture Liesl King

Novellist came to Baden-Baden with a hefty reputation, but there were some doubts as the conditions did not suit him.  The colt prefers fast ground and it rained overnight. While not soggy, the turf certainly looked like it could cut up. Novellist also needs a fast pace and with only five runners in the race, he seemed unlikely to get that.


As he cantered down under regular jockey Eduardo Pedroza, he  looked like a real star and 2400 meters later he returned as one. It was not as impressive as his King George victory, but it was a victory none the less. In the challenging conditions, Novellist was forced to take the lead early on. Seismos and Meandre both loomed late, but the colt fought back to become the first horse to win three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races in one year.


He will now follow in Danedream’s footsteps, as he prepares to take on the world’s best in the Arc, five weeks from now.



Seismos, Empoli and Novellist in the final furlong, picture Liesl King


Novellist and Eduardo Pedroza, picture Liesl King




Trainer Andreas Wohler and connections celebrate Novellist's victory, picture Liesl King

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