Denmark: Klampenborg: Storm's finish earns consolation.
Mark Johnston's six-year-old, ridden by Scandinavian champion Kim Andersen, produced a strong finish to beat front-running Prime Match a length, with Prins Eugen four lengths in third.
Montalban, one of two German raiders, kicked off an ultra-international autumn campaign, with a two-length win over Inchrory in Denmark's first pattern race, the Group 3 Monofiber Scandinavian Open Championship.
The Lord Huntingdon-bred son of Mondrian is trained by Andreas Lowe at Cologne and races for Stall Hanse, stable name of Hans Pavenstedt.
Plans are to run next in either Longchamp's Prix Gladiateur in September, or at Taby four days later in the Stockholm Cup. That could be followed by the Prix du Cadran and a crack at the Melbourne Cup.
Andersen tried to make all on Inchrory, tactics earlier successful in a Listed race at Taby, but they were never allowed to go clear.
Montalban, held up in rear by Lennart Hammer-Hansen and still last with five furlongs to run, made progress on the turn to dispute second with Valley Chapel and Albaran as they straightened for home.
He caught Inchrory over a furlong out for a two-length success. Valley Chapel and Albaran, both Norwegian-trained, were one and a half lengths and two lengths further back.
Hammer-Hansen, apprenticed in his native Denmark, has been based in Germany for last nine years .
The winner returned 10.68kr, including a one Dkr stake.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 7, 2000|
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