Last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Torquator Tasso returned to winning form in the Grosser Hansa-Preis in Hamburg on Saturday.
The five-year-old was a shock winner at ParisLongchamp’s showpiece last fall, beating Tarnawa by three-quarter lengths for trainer Marcel Weiss and jockey Rene Piechulek.
He was well beaten on his return to Baden-Baden in May, but rebounded to his best from 12 furlongs in Hamburg, showing a clever shift to win by three and a half lengths from Northern Ruler.
Piechulek told www.galopponline.de: “I already felt much better today before the race. You can see it straight away when he is in a good mood. We agreed with the coach that we would completely forget about racing in Baden and that we would start again today.”
Torquator Tasso holds an entry into the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month and Paddy Power cut his prize to 6-1 from 20 for round one, although Weiss is yet to discussed plans with connections.
He said: “The start of the year hasn’t been really good, but that’s his biorhythm and you have to accept that. I’m very happy with the race today and everything is going according to plan. .
“How do we proceed now, we will discuss with the owners in the coming days.”