Talented German purchase Django Freeman staked his claim as the horse to beat in the Group 1 German Derby with a strong victory in the Group 3 Bavarian Classic over 2000 metres in Munich.
The 3yo son of Campanologist was resuming after a promising 2yo campaign where he won his first two assignments before finishing a close up second to Noble Moon in the Group 3 Winter Favourite over 1600 metres.
Suman Hedge Bloodstock acquired a majority share in Django Freeman shortly after the Winter favourite buying into a new racing partnership with existing owners Christoph Holschbach and Lars-Wilhelm Baumgarten in a deal brokered with leading German agent Holger Faust.
As part of the deal Django Freeman will complete his European 3yo season in Germany culminating in a run in the Group 1 German Derby in Hamburg on the 7th of July before being sent to Australia to do his future racing and a possible tilt at spring targets such as the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Trained by leading German trainer Henk Grewe in Cologne, Django Freeman resumed in the Bavarian Classic as a short priced favourite and jumped positively from an inside gate sitting just behind the speed set by Amiro and Quian.
Rounding the final turn Django Freeman was given rein by his French jockey Lukas Delozier and extended quickly to win decisively from Quest the Moon with Dschingis First a strong finishing 3rd.
Django Freeman showed he is a horse with abundant reserves of stamina which is not surprising given he is a son of former globetrotting stayer Campanologist and from a daughter of noted staying prowess in Acatenango.
The 3yo is scheduled to have his next run at Cologne in a Group 2 over 2200 metres which is scheduled to be his final lead in to the Derby a race for which he is now the outright favourite.