German mission for Wuheida
Charlie Appleby expects Wuheida to prove hard to beat in the German Oaks at Dusseldorf on Sunday.
The daughter of Dubawi won each of her two starts as a juvenile, including the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly.
She returned from nine-month absence in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket a shade over three weeks ago and ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot behind Aidan O'Brien's subsequent Prix Rothschild scorer Roly Poly.
Appleby had hoped to step his filly up in distance in Thursday's Nassau Stakes at Goodwood but after being withdrawn on account of the rain-softened ground, she instead journeys across Europe for the 159th Henkel-Preis der Diana.
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"I didn't want to run her on that ground at Goodwood. Being as she had been off for a long time with a deep-seated muscle tear,
the last thing I wanted to do was pull her about on soft ground," said the trainer.
"We're happy stepping her up to a mile and three (furlongs) and the ground is good out there, which we think will suit her better.
"It's a big field and she will need a bit of luck in running, even if potentially she is the best horse in the race.
"She's come out of Newmarket well, and if she turns up on her A-game she will take a fair bit of pegging back."
Wuheida is the only British challenger in a 16-strong field, with William Buick travelling to Germany for the ride.
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