Khaleej Times : Suroor bids for Group 1 glory

BERLIN – UAE’s Saeed bin Suroor is looking forward to claim his first Group-1 success of the current season as the Godolphin trainer saddles Cavalryman in the Grosser Preis Von Berlin (Ex Deutschland-Preis) (Group 1) race at the Hoppegarten racecourse here on Sunday.

The five-year-old son of Halling will be partnered by the Italia-born jockey Lanfranco Dettori who won this race last year with Campanologist.

Cavalryman made seasonal debut under regular partner Frankie Dettori when finished poor fourth to Workforce in the Group Three Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brigadier Gerard Stakesakes over 10 furlongs at Sandown Park on May 26. Last month, Cavalryman was further dropped down in class to finish close second to Juxebox Jury in the Try On Your Smartphone Fred Archer Stakes (Listed Race) French teenager Mickael Barzalona at Newmarket.

However, Cavalryman will start joint favourite with Dandino, Tom Queally up, as the German mare Night Magic, ridden by W. Figge is cut to 4-1 by bookmakers.

Ironically, Cavalryman raced in Group One company on his previous seven starts and ended his 2010 campaign when third on very soft ground in the 12-furlong Gran Premio del Jockey Club E Coppa d’Oro at Milan, Italy, in October.

He was third behind Sea The Stars in the 12-furlong Group One Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp, France, in October, 2009, and posted a comfortable victory in the Group One Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris over the same course and distance in July of the same year.

Bin Suroor sends Secrecy to face the starter in the Internationales Super-Handicap early in the afternoon at the same venue.

The five-year-old son of King’s Best is a smart performer who have won minor events at Kempton and Salisbury in 2010. He returned to the track after eight month layoff to win a similar event at Doncaster. He stays one mile and acts on polytrack, soft and good to firm going. He has every chance to cross the finish line ahead of all.