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Andreas Wöhler follows Protectionist out to work at Werribee

Wöhler wonders if it's third time lucky

words by EMMA BERRY

Andreas Wohler claims that it is the Sportingbet Cox Plate he'd really love to win, but the German trainer may have to settle for an assault on the Emirates Melbourne Cup instead this year with an improving (northern hemisphere) four-year-old who looks tailor-made for the job.

Aside from the proliferation of Sadler's Wells' descendants, the European staying ranks have been bolstered in recent years by the offspring of the late Monsun, sire of last year's Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente and of Wohler's able contender Protectionist.

While possessing undoubted ability, the colt has endured his share of bad luck throughout a three-season career that has seen him have just eight runs. From four of those he has returned triumphant, including his two most recent back-to-back Group 2 wins in Germany and France, and he has never finished out of the first three.

November 3, 2014



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