Noble Mission off to Munich
Noble Mission steps back to a mile and a quarter in search of further Group One glory in the Grosser Dallmayr Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennan in Munich on Sunday.
The full-brother to Frankel opened his account at the highest level in the Tattersalls Gold Cup over that distance at the Curragh in May at the main expense of Magician.
He looked like repeating the trick over a mile and a half in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud four weeks ago when he was several lengths clear into the final furlong but his stamina ran out close home and he was agonisingly beaten a head by Spiritjim.
Connections of the Lady Cecil-trained five-year-old took him out of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at Thursday's the final declaration stage and go to Germany instead.
"He heads to Germany in good form and good shape, so we'll see how he gets on," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.
"I'm told the ground is on the easy side, which is fine for him. In fairness, he handles all types of ground."
A field of 12 includes Bermuda Reef, winner of both his starts this year for top German trainer Peter Schiergen, and the Alex Pantall-trained Mr Pommeroy, sixth to The Grey Gatsby in the Prix du Jockey Club.
The adoption of front-running tactics on NOBLE MISSION has brought good dividends this year.
He beat Magician a Group 1 contest at the Curragh in May before going very close at the highest level in France last time and will take the beating if the ground remains soft. Bermuda Reef represents Peter Schiergen's powerful yard and is improving with every run.
The Group 3 winner makes more appeal than Calyxa and German Derby runner-up Lucky Lion, though the five-year-old Feuerblitz could prove more of a threat if at his best.