SCHNELL MEISTER close runner-up in Gr.1 The Yasuda Kinen

SCHNELL MEISTER, the first product of former Wittekindshof Oaks winner SERIENHOLDE (photo) entered the stalls this morning German time in the JPY347,460,000 (approx. € 2.5 million) The Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo. The four-year-old Kingman colt, who won last year's Group 1 Nhk Mile Cup, had Christophe-Patrice Lemaire in the saddle and was among the race's favorites.

The colt, trained by Takahisa Tezuka for Sunday Racing, ran the expected great race, but was unfortunate in the straight where he could not find a clear passage. When he finally found a hole opened with one furlong to go, the colt instantly became the fastest hore, kicking away with fantastic speed and finishing a head behind the winner, quite a strong performance considering that The Yasuda Kinen was rated the second most important mile test at Gr.1 level in the 2021 Longines Rating.