A MAXIMUM field of 20 was confirmed for tomorrow’s IDEE 152nd Deutsches Derby, the most valuable race of the German season and the first German Group 1 of 2021. A total of 21 were originally declared, but one was later taken out, which allowed the horse with the lowest official rating, the Peter Schiergen-trained Liban, to creep into the field.

Schiergen has two more runners, and is one of four trainers who go many-handed into the race. Markus Klug and Henk Grewe both have four runners, while Jean-Pierre Carvalho (known to all and sundry as “Chippie”) has three.