JOSEPH O´Brien, who has enjoyed spectacular success since beginning training in 2016, breaks new ground tomorrow when the much improved Patrick Sarsfield will be his first ever runner in Germany. The four-year-old, owned by Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez, was gelded during the winter after easily winning a maiden at the Curragh last October and has gone from strength to strength this year, winning all three starts very easily, premier handicaps at Leopardstown and Navan and a fortnight ago the Group 3 Meld Stakes. He now moves up in grade again to contest Munich’s Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis, Germany’s top 10-furlong event.

Foreign-trained runners have an excellent record here, and three Irish runners scored in the 1990s, trained by Michael Kauntze, Dermot Weld and John Oxx respectively, but the last Irish contestant was Weld’s Famous Name, runner-up in 2011.