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Precious Boy cosy winner of Guineas; REPORT: GERMANY Mehl-Mulhens Rennen German 2,000 Guineas G2 Cologne 1m.

Byline: David Conolly-Smith

PRECIOUS BOY stamped himself as Germany's top three-year-old miler with a stylish victory in the Group 2 German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne yesterday, writes David Conolly-Smith.

Stan Moore's Solent Ridge cut out the running until the quarter-mile pole but dropped away to finish last of seven.

Precious Boy had played up so badly behind the stalls that it looked like the starter would lose patience and go without him.

But his behaviour was impeccable in the race itself. He swept past his old rival, Liang Kay, soon after the furlong pole, and held the late burst of Konig Concorde with a little in hand.

Trainer Waldemar Hickst said: "I am still not sure what is his best trip but this mile is probably ideal. He may be aimed at the mile-and-a-quarter Group 1 in Munich July 27 as that is the home town of his owner."

Moore remained upbeat about Solent Ridge, and said: "He was only beaten five lengths by very good horses.We might take him to Ireland now."

Earlier, Peace Royale emerged as a Royal Ascot possible by landing the top German 1,000 Guineas trial, despite losing her footing on the home bend of the Group 3 Schwarzgold Rennen.

Trainer Andreas Wohler said: "She will run next in the Guineas at Dusseldorf on June 1 and if she comes out of that well she could go for the Coronation Stakes at Ascot in which Mi Emma finished second for me last year."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:May 13, 2008
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