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Hamburg avoided a clash with Sunday’s knockout phase of soccer’s European Championships and its early-bird programme featured the €55,000 G3 Sparkasse Holstein Cup (Hamburger Stuten Meile) as the opening day highlight of the venue’s G1 Deutsches Derby festival. This year’s renewal of the one-mile staging post played host to a match-up of Classic distaffers, with last term’s G1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) third Sea The Lady (Fr) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) eyeballing this year’s G2 German 1000 Guineas third Three Havanas (Ger) (Havana Grey {GB}–Three Ducks {GB}, by Diktat {GB}) in a 10-runner field.

It was the latter, with her tactical speed a key factor here, who claimed bragging rights for the sophomore generation and made all to register a belated first black-type triumph. Three Havanas, a Henk Grewe trainee, was greased lightning from the outside gate and seized an immediate lead. In command throughout and clear by halfway, the 33-10 second choice was stirred into action passing the two pole and kept on strongly in the latter stages to comforably hold the stakes-placed Armira (Ger) (Muhaarar {GB}) by 1 1/2 lengths. Sea The Lady fared best of the remainder and ran on well inside the final quarter-mile to finish 2 3/4 lengths further adrift in third. The winner’s former stablemate Muskoka (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) annexed the 2023 renewal of this contest en route to Diana glory at Dusseldorf.

 

G3 Sparkasse Holstein Cup (Hamburger Stuten Meile) over 1600m

THREE HAVANAS (Havana Grey)
ARMIRA (Muhaarar)
SEA THE LADY (Sea The Moon)

THREE HAVANAS is bred and owned by Gestüt Karlshof, trained by Henk Grewe and was ridden by @ThoreHammer pic.twitter.com/jnE1KDoxpG

— Luis Kimmel (@Lskmml_) June 30, 2024

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