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G1 third for Passion And Glory in Grosser Preis von Baden

Racenews

Passion And Glory produced another battling display to come home third on his G1 debut in an eventful renewal of the Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden, Germany, on Sunday, 5 September.

There was drama at the start of the 12-furlong contest as Pessemona initially refused to race, with Passion And Glory disputing the early running before settling in second behind Millebosc after a furlong and a half.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained five-year-old was left out in front as Millebosc forfeited any chance by veering across the course entering the back straight.

Passion And Glory continued to dictate and rallied strongly when pressed on both sides by Torquator Tasso and Sisfahan approaching the final furlong.

Torquator Tasso took up the running soon after, drifting across the path of Passion And Glory in the process, with Sisfahan also leaning into the Godolphin runner, forcing Oisin Murphy to briefly stop riding.

Passion And Glory kept on at the same pace in the closing stages, going down by just under five lengths in total.

Saeed bin Suroor said: “The ground was too quick for Passion And Glory. It was soft when we declared him but dried out significantly before the race. He needs some cut in the ground to be at his best and we will see what options there are for him over the coming weeks.”