IT is not long since German horses won the Arc, the King George, the Melbourne Cup and other top races around the world. These performers, Danedream, Novellist, Protectionist, were not only German-bred but also trained in Germany and usually running in the colours of German owners.

The 2019 season seems however, far removed from those successes, the form of the best German races has not worked out well and a large proportion of those races were won by foreign raiders.