Blomberg showed his prowess in Pattern race company at Epsom yesterday to put himself in line for a hat-trick within a month. James Fanshawe's colt, a winner of Sandown's valuable Whitsun Cup last month, took the step up to the Group Three Diomed Stakes in his stride and is now set to tackle the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. Brought with a smooth run by David Harrison he struck the front with a furlong to go and stretched out well to defeat Behaviour by one and a quarter lengths. Blomberg is set to carry 8st 12lb plus a 7lb penalty in the Hunt Cup on 19 June. Fanshaw said that Blomberg was only now beginning to find his feet. "The Hunt Cup should be just right for him and although he has won his last two races he will only get the one penalty," he said.Reuse content
The Geoff Lewis-trained Passion For Life (Paul Eddery), bounced back from a York disappointment to spearhead a British 1-2 in yesterday's pounds 33,784 Group Three Benazet Rennen over six furlongs at Baden-Baden. The Epsom speedster, a 3.7-1 shot on the Tote, beat Hever Golf Rose (Richard Hughes) and local hope Munaaji by three quarters of a length and a neck in the German sprint. However, the John Hills filly, Nimble, was a non- runner in pounds 18,018 Listed Idee Festa Rennen (6f) on the same card.