Vintager strikes in G2 Oettingen-Rennen
Vintager recorded a second consecutive success over a mile with a hard-fought win in the G2 Oettingen-Rennen at Baden-Baden, Germany, on Sunday, 1 September.
The four-year-old, returning from a break for Charlie Appleby after scoring in the G3 Prix Bertrand du Breuil at Chantilly, France, in June, settled in third early on as Zargun opened up a significant lead over the rest of the field.
He moved up to dispute the running for William Buick as Zargun’s challenge quickly faded in the home turn and stayed on well to open up a slight advantage over his six rivals with two furlongs to race.
Vintager increased his lead entering the final furlong, despite drifting towards the stands’ rail, but was strongly challenged by Nica near line, with the Godolphin runner holding on by a neck in 1m 38.39s on good ground.
Charlie Appleby said: “It was nice to see Vintager get a G2 race under his belt. A mile is his best trip now – he travelled very well into the race today and possibly hit the front a bit too soon.
“He will probably head back out to Dubai again for the winter and we can look at aiming him at some of the nice races throughout the Dubai World Cup Carnival.”