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Horse Racing: Axxos lays down his Derby marker; REPORT: GERMANY.

Byline: David Conolly-Smith

AXXOS, representing the back-to-form trainer-jockey combination of Peter Schiergen and Andrasch Starke, made all to lift the 179th renewal of Germany's oldest race, the Group 2 Oppenheim Union-Rennen, by three-quarters of a length at Cologne yesterday, writes David Conolly-Smith.

But as a German Derby trial it was an inconclusive affair, with only two lengths covering the first five home, and it would be no surprise if the finishing order was completely reshuffled in the Classic, which takes place at Hamburg in three weeks' time.

Plaudits are nevertheless due to Starke, who rode a canny race to notch his fifth winner of the weekend, and Schiergen, who has won the trainers' title for the past two years but is currently languishing in fourth place after a slow start.

Micky Fenton had a fruitless trip to Dresden yesterday, as his mount Quelle Amore finished sixth of eight behind Waleria in the Listed BMW Sachsen Preis.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2007
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