Cup repeat bid not on agenda
Protectionist is highly unlikely to bid for a second Melbourne Cup win later this year despite continuing his resurgence in Germany on Sunday.
Protectionist: Has options, but unlikely to return to Flemington
The six-year-old claimed the Flemington showpiece in 2014 for trainer Andreas Wohler, after which he remained in Australia to continue his career.
However, after a largely disappointing stint with Kris Lees, owners Australia Bloodstock sent him back to Wohler and it has proved a shrewd move.
Since returning to his homeland, Protectionist has won each of his three starts, completing the hat-trick in the Group One Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten.
Wohler is hopeful there are more big prizes to be won with his charge before he is retired to stud, but a return Down Under is not currently under consideration.
"To win a Group One (in Europe) was a big target for him with his second future in mind," said the trainer.
"He won a conditions race on his first run of the year, then the Group Two and now the Group One, so we are very happy.
"Normally he will now go to Baden-Baden (Grosser Preis von Baden, September 4) in three weeks' time and then we will see.
"We have different options and we will take it race by race, but I doubt that (Melbourne Cup) very much."