07/21/2013 3:06PM

Nymphea wins Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Berlin


Nymphea, ridden by 18-year-old amateur jockey Dennis Schiergen for his father, trainer Peter Schiergen, led throughout Sunday’s Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Berlin at Hoppegarten Racecourse in Germany.

Fillies and mares swept the first two positions in the race over 1 1/2 miles.

Nymphea (3-1) led by as many as 15 lengths and won by three lengths with little pressure late. Temida finished second, 1 1/2 lengths in of front of Meandre, the 9-5 favorite who won the 2012 Gross Preis Von Berlin.

Nymphea was a listed stakes winner in Germany earlier this year for owner Stall Nizza, but the $215,000 Grosser Preis Von Berlin was the first Group 1 win for the 4-year-old Irish-bred filly by Dylan Thomas. She was second in the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock Park in England in June.

Peter Schiergen is best known as the trainer of Danedream, the winner of the 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The Grosser Preis Von Berlin was the most prestigious race in Europe on Sunday, with three other Group 2 races across the continent.

Dank, a 4-year-old filly by Dansili, won the third group stakes of her career in the $131,000 Kilboy Estate for fillies and mares at The Curragh in Ireland. The race could lead to a start in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 17.

In the Kilboy Estate over 1 1/8 miles, Dank (5-4) stalked the pace under jockey Ryan Moore and took the lead in the final furlong, winning by 1 3/4 lengths over 8-1 Say, trained by Aidan O’Brien. Fiesolana, who had won her three preceding starts, could only finish sixth in the field of eight.

Dank, trained by Michael Stoute, is owned by James Wigan. Dank was third in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.

At Maisons-Laffitte in France, Vorda, a filly by Orpen, beat males to remain unbeaten in three starts in the Group 2 Robert Papin over a straightaway 5 1/2 furlongs.

Ridden by Gregory Benoist, Vorda stalked the pace for the first four furlongs and quickened late. Trained by Phillippe Sogorb, Vorda (8-5) won by 1 1/2 lengths over the 16-1 outsider Omaticaya in a field of nine. The $161,280 Robert Papin was the first group stakes win for Vorda.

In the Prix Eugene Adam for 3-year-olds over 1 1/4 miles at Maisons-Laffitte, Triple Threat (10-1) closed from last in a field of nine to win his second group stakes of 2013.

Ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, Triple Threat rallied wide to reach contention in the final quarter-mile of the $161,280 race and won by two lengths over 8-1 Pilote. Top French trainer Andre Fabre swept the first two positions.

Triple Threat, by Monsun, is owned by Team Valor and won the Group 3 Prix la Force at Longchamp in April.